Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Bake

This is a cross between French toast and Bread & Butter Pudding.

The inclusion of sliced deli ham and also herb soft cheese really packs flavour into this dish. I used plain white bread and it soaked up all the eggy goodness resulting in a creamy texture. Yum 🙂

You could easily substitute sliced bacon or grated cheese if those are what you have. Other types of bread would work too, but don’t cut the slices too thick.

I made this in a 4 cup capacity oven-proof dish which was quite shallow. If you use a larger dish and multiply the ingredients, remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly to be sure the eggs in the middle of the dish get cooked through.

Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 6 slices white bread
  • butter or margarine to spread on the bread
  • 6 thin slices deli ham, halved
  • 80g/3 oz herb-coated soft cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • freshly ground black pepper, to season

Method:

  • Heat your oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F and spray an oven-proof 4-cup capacity dish with a little cooking spray.
  • Spread the bread with the butter, then cut each bread slice into quarters diagonally so you end up with little triangles.
  • Place the bread pieces into the prepared dish, alternating with pieces of ham and small chunks of cheese. Repeat until you have filled the dish.
  • Put the eggs, milk and a good seasoning of black pepper into a jug then whisk to combine. Pour this mixture evenly over the top of the bread in the dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked through. Remember to check the middle of the dish as this will take longer to cook than the edges.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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