Cheesy Bread and Butter Bake

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1hour20min


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A popular, farmhouse-style recipe, but with the addition of leeks and semi-dried tomatoes for a healthier result. Excellent for brunch or for an easy lunch, served with a simple salad.

Zoë Harpham

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 1 medium salt-reduced wholemeal loaf, unsliced
  • 20 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 300 g small leeks, trimmed and very thinly sliced
  • ⅔ cup (75 g) semi-dried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (500 ml) low-fat milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 rindless short-cut bacon rashers
  • ¾ cup (85 g) grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Directions
Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

  1. Trim the crusts off the loaf, then cut the bread into slices about 1 cm thick. Mix the softened butter with the mustard and spread thinly over half the slices. Make sandwiches by putting the unbuttered slices on top of the buttered ones, then cut each sandwich in half. Place in a lightly greased, 2 litre shallow, ovenproof dish, arranged like a jigsaw so that they fit snugly.
  2. Scatter the leeks and tomatoes evenly over the bread. Whisk the milk with the eggs and season with freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the bread and vegetables, then leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190°C. Heat the grill to medium and lightly grill the bacon rashers until just cooked — they will cook further in the oven. (Alternatively, the bacon can be cooked in the microwave.) Drain on paper towel and leave to cool.
  4. When ready to bake, chop the bacon into small pieces and scatter the pieces over the bread and vegetables. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top, then bake for 25–30 minutes until puffed and golden. Serve immediately.

EACH SERVING

1 portion vegetables

VARIATION

For a fishy bake, replace the bacon with 200 g smoked cod fillets, poached in milk, then skinned and flaked. For extra flavour use the poaching milk to mix with the eggs. Scatter the fish over the leeks before soaking in the milk and egg mixture.

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