Ham & Cheese Pudding

Ham & Cheese Pudding

This savoury version of a bread and butter pudding is hard to beat. My Ham & Cheese Pudding is sheer decadence and joyful comfort on a plate and makes a lovely family supper. Simply serve with a baby leaf and tomato salad.

Ham & Cheese Pudding

October 2, 2019
: 6-8
: 20 min
: 45 min
: 1 hr 5 min
: Moderately easy

I make no apologies for the richness of this dish. My Ham & Cheese Pudding is a massive hit of carbo loveliness- food for the soul!

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Ingredients
  • 400g bread, crusty white or sourdough
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 150g Comté
  • 150g Jarlsberg cheese
  • 300g ham
  • thyme 12 small sprigs
  • 100g Parmesan, grated
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 500ml double cream
  • 600ml milk
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • salt to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 You will also need a baking dish measuring approximately 20x24cm, lightly buttered.
  • Step 2 Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180’C fan/gas mark 6. Cut the bread into 1cm thick slices, leaving the crusts on. Toast on a low setting, until lightly crisp.
  • Step 3 Spread the toast generously with the butter. Cut the Comté into 1cm thick slices. Tear the ham into large bite-sized pieces. Pull the thyme leaves from their stems.
  • Step 4 Place a single layer of the buttered bread on the bottom of the dish, tucking the slices together snugly. Place some of the cheese slices and ham on top, add a little black pepper, some thyme leaves then another layer of buttered bread and more of the cheese slices and ham. Continue until the ingredients are used up finishing with a bread layer.
  • Step 5 In a mixing bowl, add 50g grated Parmesan, egg yolks, nutmeg then mix in the double cream and milk with a fork or small whisk. Season with a little salt then pour over the bread letting it trickle down through the layers. Grate the remaining 50g Parmesan over the surface.
  • Step 6 Cover the top of the dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for a further 10 minutes until the top is golden. Remove from the oven and leave to settle for 10 minutes before serving.

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