Bacon, Tomato, Cheese & Leek Pudding

Tuesday 21 January 2014

I do so love my computer.   Having a computer has added such a special dimension to my life.  I have met some really special people via this medium and been able to experience a lot of really wonderful things that I might not have had I not been the owner of a computer and the author of several blogs!   

I have always stored my photos on photobucket and pay a hefty price for the priviledge.   That is where I keep all of my food photos and normally it's worked very well for me . . . until a couple of days ago.  I literally have not been able to get the site to load for me, which is very frustrating for me as almost all of my food photos are on there, and I can't get at them!  Grrrrrr!!!!  I am really hoping and praying it is a temporary blip!   

Anyways, all of the recipes and reviews I have in my queue to post will have to wait until I can get access to my photos and I am really hoping that will be soon, or else I will be spitting feathers . . . and trust me, you do not want to see that!  It ain't pretty! 

Thankfully I had the wherewithall to upload a few photos to my google account the other day and so I can show you this fab recipe here today.  It's like a type of strata . . . a bread and egg pudding, sort of like a savory bread pudding. 

They make excellent use of stale bread and other bits.   The other day I decided to make it like a BLT sandwich and it worked out fabulous!  This was soooooo tasty. 

I simply made some sandwiches with some stale bread, filling them with crumbled bacon, grated cheddar, finely sliced leeks and some slices tomatoes . . . place them into a baking dish and then poured a savoury egg custard mix over top.   

It was so delicious and went down a real treat with a nice mixed salad with a French Vinaigrette.   Super duper  tasty!  I love that it was also quite thrifty and I made good use of a stale loaf of French bread, and a few other bits that needed using.  I love it when that happens! 

*Bacon, Cheese, Tomato & Leek Pudding*
Serves 4 to 6
Printable Recipe

Kind of like a savoury bread and butter pudding made with Bacon, Cheese, Tomato and Leek sandwiches.  You can use sliced onions if you don't have any leeks.  It's quite delicious!

a stale french loaf
(You will need at least 14 slices)
2 ounces (1/4 cup) butter, softened
1 large tomato, thinly sliced, and cut into half moons
6 slices steaky bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 medium leek, washed, trimmed and very thinly sliced
1/2 pound of strong cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
3 large free range eggs
1 TBS Dijon mustard (can use grainy if you have it)
1 pint of whole milk (2 cups)
salt and pepper to taste 

Butter a 10 inch glass pie dish.

Spread each slice of the bread thickly with butter on one side only. Mix together the sliced leeks, grated cheese and crumbled bacon.  Divide 3/4 of this mixture between half of the slices on the unbuttered sides.   Top each with two half moons of tomato. Place another slice of bread, buttered side up on top.  Cut in half and place into the pie dish cut side down, to fill the dish.  Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese mixture.

Beat the eggs together with the mustard  and milk.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Pour over top of the sandwiches.  Allow to stand for half an hour before cooking so that it can absorb as much as possible.

Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Bake the pudding in the heated oven for about 45 minutes, until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.  Allow to stand for about 10 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.   A salad goes nice with this. 

Here's hoping that photo bucket is working tomorrow!   

I am so excited to be able to tell you this morning that I have finally finished my fourth Cookbooklet.  Entitled Recipes to Keep it is a little goldmine of my all time favourite recipes, the ones that I turn to again and again, indeed my family favourites, gleaned from a lifetime of cooking for my family and loved ones.

40 pages containing over 40 new, never before posted recipes from my big blue binder that contain some of my all time favourites.  Recipes such as Cindy's Portuguese Gumdrop Cake ( a must for our Christmas larder each year for over 20 years!) , Runny Butter Tarts (a fail proof recipe I have been using for over 30 years for the best butter tarts you could want to eat), Onion Patties (who needs to go to all the faff of making onion rings when you can just drop them as simple patties!), The Best Ever Tomato and Meat Sauce, and a whole lot more.  Destined to become your family favourites too . . . in short, recipes to keep.

It's available now as a PDF Download, mailed right to your home, and at the same low price as all of my other cookbooklets.  You will find the link up there on underneath my header on the page called Cookbooklets!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!


  1. That looks really yummy!

    I too have met and enjoyed the folks thru my computer. Opened up a whole new world for me.

  2. I've loved the internet for the same reasons as you, Marie. While I never liked the drama that is social media, I love blogs, interest forums, email and Skype. Through them I've met some wonderful people from all over the world as well as being able to really keep in touch with family and friends back home in Australia.

    Fingers crossed that the Photbucket gremlins go back to where they came from...

    That recipe sounds really lovely. I also like to make use of everything in the pantry and using up leftovers in a creative way like you do is music to my ears. Of course, I'm already tweaking the recipe... I'm as bad as you are for that :-)


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