Bread and Cheese Pudding

Bread and Cheese Pudding

The one thing I would really have trouble giving up is cheese. Maybe because I’m Swiss or maybe it’s because it just tastes amazing and it’s an ingredient you can just have so much fun with in the kitchen. Continue reading

This Bread and Cheese Pudding is something I have already tried last year but this time when I tried it, I found it’s better not having the bread stick out of the mix as I find it becomes too hard and dry. I tested this recipe on my mother and remarkably she took a second helping, which is not very common for her. Do I need to mention I had a second helping too? I took a recipe from the Swiss Cooking book from Betty Bossi and made a few changes to make this dish a little lighter. For instance I replaces the double cream by using plain cream and instead of using three eggs I just used two large ones. This Swiss recipe is just an easy, moist and very tasty dish.

 

 

Bread and Cheese Pudding

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 25 min

 

Ingredients:

350 g white bread

2 tbsp. soft butter (optional)

1 dl dry white wine (alternatively use white grape juice with a few drops of lemon in it)

3 dl milk

2 large eggs

150g semi hard cheese (Gruyere, Emmetaler…)

¾ tsp. salt

Pepper

2 dl cream

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 240°C.

Slice the bread into 1-1.5cm thick pieces. Optionally, butter each slice on one side with the butter and toast in the oven for about 5 min. Once done reduce the oven heat to 200°C. Place the bread slices in a baking dish by overlapping them.

In a bowl mix the milk with the eggs, salt and pepper.

Stiffly whisk the cream and gently fold it in with the milk/egg mix.

Pour over the bread slices and bake in the oven for 20 min.

Serve with a crunchy salad.

Mini Monastery Pies – Mini Gâteaux du Monastère

Mini Monastrey PiesThis recipe is from my region: Ticino. Continue reading

It’s a little like the savoury version of the “Torta di Pane” which is basically a bread pudding pie. I have already tried this recipe before and I like it because the ingredients are simple and rustic. I followed the recipe from my Swiss Cooking book but made some very slight changes. I didn’t soak the mushrooms and I added just a little more bread and butter. I also didn’t want to make the whole large version so I took out my muffin tin again and stuck to that.

 

Mini Monastry Pies

 

For 1 muffin tin

Prep time : 15 min

Cook time: 45-50 min

 

Ingredients

 

100 g bread without crust cut into cubes

0.8 dl milk

500 g fresh spinach

2 tbsp olive oil

1 chopped onion

1-2 chopped garlic cloves

1 tbsp chopped parsley

15 g chopped dried porcini

2 eggs

90 g grated cheese (ideally you use alpine cheese but another Swiss cheese works as well)

40 g soft butter

Nutmeg

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Heat oven at 180°C.

Leave the bread to soak in the milk for half an hour the mash them with a fork.

Cook the spinach in pan and then stain them to remove moisture and finely chop them.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic to fry. Add the parsley, porcini and spinach and cook for another 5 min then set aside to cool a little.

To the spinach add the bread, eggs, butter, half of the cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Grease a muffin tin and evenly spoon in the preparation. At the end sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Cook in the oven for 35-40 min. Remove from the oven, wait a few minutes before removing the mini pies with the help of a knife.

 

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Version Française

 

Mini Monastery PiesCette recette vient de ma région: le Tessin.  C’est un peu une version salée de la “Torta di Pane” qui est pratiquement un gâteau de pouding au pain. J’ai déjà essayé cette recette avant et je l’aime bien parce que les ingrédients sont simples et rustiques. J’ai suivi la recette que j’ai trouvé dans mon livre Cuisine Suisse mais j’ai fait de petits changements.  Je n’ai pas fait tremper les champignons et j’ai ajouté un peu plus de pain et de beurre. Je n’ai pas voulu cuisiner tout le gâteau alors encore une fois, j’ai sorti mon plateau à muffins.

Mini Monastery Pies

 

Mini Gâteaux du Monastère

 

Pour 1 plateau à muffin

Temps de préparation : 15 min

Temps de cuisson : 45-50 min

 

Ingrédients

 

100 g pain sans croûte

0.8 dl lait

500 g épinards frais

2 cs huile d’olive

1 oignon

1-2 gousses d’ail

1 cs persil haché

2 œufs

90 g fromage râpé (idéalement on utilise du fromage des alpes mais un autre fromage suisse fera aussi l’affaire)

40 g beurre à température ambiante

Noix de muscade

15 g bolets séchés

Sel et poivre

 

Recette

Allumer le four à 180°C.

Tremper le pain dans le lait pendant un demi heure et l’écraser à l’aide d’une fourchette.

Cuire les épinards dans une poêle et enlever l’excès d’eau a l’aide d’une passoire et les hacher finement.

Chauffer l’huile d’olive dans une poêle et y faire revenir l’oignon et l’ail. Ajouter le persil, les bolets et les épinards, cuire encore pendant 5 min et laisser un peu refroidir.

Aux épinards, ajouter le pain, les œufs, le beurre, la moitié du fromage, noix de muscade, sel et poivre.

Graisser le plateau à muffin et y distribuer la préparation uniformément. À la fin saupoudrer avec le reste du fromage. Cuire dans le four pendant 35-40 min. Sortir du four, attendre quelques minutes avant de sortir les mini gâteaux à l’aide d’un couteau.