10 July 2012

Spinach and Cheese Bread Pudding



Spinach is listed as one of the so called 'super foods' and it is very good for you, easy to grow and when it's prepared properly really tasty.  Spinach is very low in kilojoules (yay) and high in nutrients. It's been shown to aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration and cataracts and even some cancers so Popeye really was onto a good thing. 

Don’t get spinach confused with silverbeet, sometimes referred to as spinach in Australia, they are two different plants. This is what we know as English spinach. It is so easy to grow in the garden or pots straight from seed and it's one of those plants that keeps on giving. Pick a few leaves from each plant and they will keep on growing for you.

This pudding is a savoury version of bread and butter pudding and it goes very nicely with a big green salad for a great vegetarian meal.

Ingredients:

6 large eggs
2 cups low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
pinch ground nutmeg
300g spinach, wilted and squeezed dry
125g tasty cheese
8 slices wholegrain bread, cut into 2cm cubes

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a lasagne dish with butter. In large bowl whisk, beat eggs, milk, thyme, salt, pepper, and nutmeg until blended. Gently stir in the spinach, cheese and bread cubes.  Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake the bread pudding until golden brown and puffed and a knife inserted in centre comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and it let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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