Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

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Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Makes 4 Side or 8 Appetizer Servings

Not all bread puddings are for dessert. This rich, savory, intensely blue-cheesy bread pudding can be served as part of a hearty breakfast, as a snack, as an appetizer, or as a side dish. If you love blue cheese, you’ll love this recipe!

Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Leek
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted Butter, plus extra for buttering baking dish
  • 2 cups & 2 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2lb Maytag Blue Cheese (could substitute other blue cheese)
  • 1 loaf Brioche or Challah Bread, top crust removed
  • 2 tsp chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tsp chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest, microplaned or very finely chopped
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional Garnish:
  • Additional Fresh Chives
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Additional Blue Cheese, finely crumbled

DIRECTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2

Cut the leek in half down the middle and rinse out the interior. Thinly slice the leek. Add it to a frying pan with 4tbsp of the butter and a little salt. Cook over medium low heat until softened.
3

Add 1 cup of the heavy cream & the bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low & simmer for ten minutes to infuse the leek flavor into the cream.
4

Remove the cream from the heat, remove the bay leaf and immediately crumble in 1/4lb of the blue cheese. Once the cheese has melted, stir to combine.
5

Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes & then gently crumble further. Crumble the remaining 1/4lb of blue cheese into the bread in a large bowl. Add the chopped rosemary, thyme, chives and lemon zest. Gently mix with your fingers.
6

To the warm cream mixture add the egg, egg yolks and additional cup of cream. Stir to break the yolks and mix completely.
7

Add the cream base to the bread and gently fold. Add pepper.
8

Rub an 8×8 baking dish with butter.
9

Optional: If you want to unmold the pudding whole later, line the buttered dish with parchment paper.
10

Gently pack the pudding into the dish. Drizzle it with the remaining 2 tbsp of cream. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into small pieces and distribute them across the surface of the pudding. Season with salt.
11

Optional: Set the baking dish in a second baking (larger) baking dish filled with hot water to ensure more even cooking.
12

Bake for 30-45 minutes until set and the top is golden brown.
13

Garnish with extra virgin olive oil, chives, and additional blue cheese if desired. Serve.

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