Bacon and egg pudding with salted maple


Think of this as a savoury bread and butter pudding. It's full of all the things we love at breakfast - bacon, eggs, toast and plenty of cheese. It's an excellent option if you're having friends over for breakfast - you can do all the work the night before and bake it in the morning. Salted maple syrup riffs on the classic American bacon-maple combination.

You'll need

8 thick slices of sourdough bread or 4 English muffins, split in half 20 gm butter, diced, plus extra for greasing 1 leek (white part only), thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tsp thyme, plus extra leaves to serve 250 gm crème fraîche 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream 8 eggs 250 ml (1 cup) milk 1 tsp Tabasco 6 rashers streaky bacon, rinds removed, plus extra crisp bacon (optional), to serve 150 gm Gruyère, coarsely grated 30 gm finely grated parmesan Chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve   Salted maple 125 ml (½ cup) maple syrup 20 gm butter, diced 1 tbsp bourbon (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C and butter a 2-litre baking dish. Place bread in a single layer on an oven tray and bake until light golden (3-4 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add leek, garlic and thyme, and sauté until leek is tender and translucent (4-5 minutes).
  • 03
  • Whisk crème fraîche, mustard and half the cream in a bowl until smooth. Add eggs, milk, Tabasco and remaining cream, whisk to combine, then season custard to taste.
  • 04
  • Layer bread in baking dish, tucking bacon rashers in between, then scatter with Gruyère and pour custard over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to soak (or overnight).
  • 05
  • For salted maple, boil maple syrup in a large saucepan until caramelised (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat, add butter, bourbon and 50ml water (be careful, hot caramel will spit), then return to heat and bring back to the boil. Stir in ½ tsp sea salt, then stand at room temperature until required. Salted maple will keep in an airtight container for a week.
  • 06
  • Preheat oven to 150C. Scatter pudding with parmesan, season to taste and bake until golden brown (1-1½ hours). Stand for 10 minutes, then scatter with flat-leaf parsley and thyme, and serve with salted maple and extra bacon.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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