This is a fabulous weekend breakfast – a real treat: something completely different, dead easy to make and minimal washing up! I tried the first version of this over Christmas and it was just dull but so obsessive has this little blogging project become that I woke up Friday morning re-jigging the recipe in my head and the new version is lovely – the light, fluffy, savoury ‘custard’ works brilliantly with the salty Parma Ham, mushrooms and cheese. Give it a go – perfect with the weekend papers and a leisurely day ahead.
What you need…
1 x baking dish, lightly buttered (mine is 26 x 18 x 7cms deep)
6 slices bread
6 slices Parma Ham
200g mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
3 large eggs
Sea salt and black pepper
100g Gruyère, grated
What to do…
Preheat your oven to 180˚c / 350 f / gas 4.
Take three slices of the bread and butter them. Cut the Parma Ham in half width-ways and lay two halves on each piece of bread, covering each slice. Butter the other three slices and pop on top of the Parma Ham, butter-sides down, making three sandwiches. Butter the top slice of bread. Cut the sandwiches in quarters, diagonally to create four triangles from each sandwich and wodge into your baking dish with the buttered sides facing upwards.
Push the slices of mushroom in between the bread triangles, sharing them evenly throughout.
In a large jug, chuck in your eggs, milk, paprika and seasoning and, using a balloon whisk, blend together to create the custard.
Pour the custard over the bread, ensuring that all of the bread is doused. Scatter over the Gruyère and pop the pudding in the oven.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the bread is golden and crunchy on the top and the pudding is puffed up and gorgeous-looking! Plonk your bread and butter pudding brunch in the middle of the table and ask everyone to dive in – great start to a weekend day!
Can’t remember which magazine I ripped out the original recipe from, but it didn’t work anyway! This version comes from that lovely place between being asleep and being properly awake when, if you’re me, you’re now re-writing recipes in your head!!!!
Ever so. Stick on some laid-back music, sing along and create.