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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Savoury Bread Pudding

I borrowed some cookbooks from the library and saw this savoury bread pudding recipe . I love bread
pudding but most of the time didn't really like it's too soft consistency . Since I still have a pack of cheddar cheese so as 2 bottle of Italian seasoning that needs to be use asap , I had an excuse to try out the recipe . I want it to be a little dry so I made sure that I had some extra bread just in case the mixture will be too runny . The result ? Just the way I want my bread pudding , loads of dry spots  ( and some gooey melted cheese inside ^o^ ) You can add bacon , ham or sausage or add some  ( more ) veggies for a more substantial and colourful puds . Btw , don't mind that ugly diced cheese on top , the freakin' git just won't melt tsk !

Savory Bread Pudding ( from Ciril Hitz )

2 cups milk ( I used 1 cup )
1/2 cup heavy cream  ( 1/4 )
1 1/2 tsp salt ( omitted this )
5 eggs  ( 2 )
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove fresh minced garlic
1 medium each of fresh red and yellow bell pepper , cut into cubes ( I used half each )
1 medium onion , chopped ( shallots )
2 T unsalted butter ( 1 T EVOO )
1 1/2 ( 150 grams ) cups grated Gruyère cheese ( 3/4 cup diced cheddar cheese )
6 cups ( 250 grams ) stale bread , cubed into 3/4-inch ( 2 cm ) pieces ( 200 grams )

* In a large saucepan , combine the milk , heavy cream and salt and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat . In a separate bowl , whisk together the eggs with the black pepper , Italian seasoning and garlic until pale yellow . Temper the egg mixture with some of the hot milk mixture , whisking so as not to scramble the eggs then return to the pan ,stirring constantly until the mixtures slightly thickens .

*  In a skillet , melt butter and sauté the peppers and onions until tender , set aside . Brush the inside of an 8-inch round ( I used 2 6-inch flan tin )  casserole with melted butter . In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the sautéed veggies  and half of the grated cheese . Fill the casserole dish to the top with the bread mixture and top with the remaining cheese and slowly pour the warm milk and egg mixture over the bread cubes . Bake in a water bath at 350°F/180°C for an hour .

* I dump the diced cheese , veggies and bread cubes to the pan of milk and eggs mixture and added some extra bread cubes gradually to get my desired consistency .





6 comments:

  1. I love this recipe. My family would love to eat this for a hearty meal.

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  2. Oh yum yum yum...I am totally drooling!

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  3. ooo I've been meaning to make a savory bread pudding, you reminded me!

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  4. wish to have a slice right now, look so tempting and good!

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  5. Me too! I think I prefer savory bread pudding to sweet ones. DROOOOOLING!!

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  6. I have never made this kind of bread pudding! Sounds delicious!

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