Ham & cheese bake

Ham & cheese bake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins - 45 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 4

Prepare this warming dish the day before, so all you need to do is pop it in the oven when you wake up

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  • butter, for greasing
  • 1 baguette
  • 90g pack thick-sliced ham, torn into small pieces
  • 140g Gruyère, grated
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ pint milk
  • 284ml pot single cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

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  1. Grease the bottom of a deep 20 x 30cm baking dish with a little butter. Tear or cut the baguette into bite-size pieces, then arrange over the bottom of the dish. Tuck the ham pieces and grated cheese between the gaps. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream and mustard and pour over the bread. Cover and chill for at least 3 hrs or preferably overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Bake for 40-45 mins until the top is crisp and golden and the egg mixture is cooked through. If the topping browns a little too quickly, cover with foil for the remainder of the cooking time. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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yurrnae's picture

Sorry - forgot to say - loads of coarse-grain mustard in the egg mix

yurrnae's picture

I've used stale baguette this way for years.
I find it's best when put together for long enough for the bread to soak up the egg mix. Takes less baking time then.
I've never used ham and gruyere, but the whole thing is delicious if you top the dish with sliced or grated cheese (what you like best). ONce the egg is cooked through, the topping is a lovely cheese crust.

purpleflufff's picture
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I thought this was excellent. Really tasty and filling too, ideal to make for a few guests for the morning after a night out. I found it really great to be able to make it the night before and simply slip in the oven in the morning. I used a dash of milk by the way, hardly any at all because I wasnt sure how much is suppose to be added!

renomate's picture
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Wasn't fussed on this and won't make again.

gerryb's picture
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I made this for a family brunch on Father's Day. It was superb! I "buttered" the baguette slices with sundried tomato mustard which went really well with the ham. I couldn't find Gruyere so used an extra mature Cheddar. A great addition to any breakfast or brunch for a crowd. You can prepare it the night before, and then just slip it in the oven.

mellington's picture

I also wondered how much milk this recipe needs?

hannahbanana's picture

I haven't made this yet but am wondering how much milk I need to use?

kiwi-abroad's picture

You need to have day old/stale baguette for this Bread & butter type dish to work. Also don't be tempted to substitute bacon for ham because the mustard combination won't work. If however, you only have bacon or lardons, then add chopped (squeezed and deseeded) tomatoes instead of the mustard. Leaving water and seeds in the tomatoes will only result in a gooey mess as in any dish.

cosmiccharlie's picture

Simple to do, and a nice alternative to a cheese and ham melt