Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 12 Dry bread crumbs - to

  2. 16 slices

  3. 2 1/2 cups 592ml Milk - to

  4. 3 cups

  5. 1 lb 454g / 16oz Asparagus

  6. 5 Eggs

  7. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt

  8. 1 teaspoon 5ml Black pepper - freshly ground

  9. 1/4 cup 36g / 1 1/3oz Freshly grated Romano cheese

  10. 4 oz 113g Fontina cheese - slivered

  11. 4 oz 113g Swiss cheese - slivered

  12. 1/2 cup 55g / 1.9oz Chopped mixed fresh herbs

  13. (such as chives - parsley, and tarragon)

  14. (or such as sage - thyme, and marjoram)

  15. 1 tablespoon 15ml Butter - cut into small bits

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Place the bread in a single layer in a shallow dish. Pour 2 1/2 cups milk over the top. Let soak until the bread has absorbed the milk and becomes soft, about 30 minutes. Press the bread slices to extract the milk. Measure the milk; you should have 1/2 cup milk left after squeezing. If not, make up the difference with additional milk as needed. Set the milk and bread aside.

  2. While the bread is soaking, trim the asparagus, removing the woody ends. Cut the stalks on the diagonal into thin slivers each about 2 inches long and 3/8 inch thick. Arrange the slivered asparagus on a steamer rack and place over gently boiling water. Cover and steam until barely tender, 2 or 3 minutes. Immediately place the asparagus under cold running water until cold. Drain and set aside.

  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 3-quart mold -- a souffle dish works well.

  4. In a bowl beat together the eggs, salt, pepper, and the 1/2 cup milk until well blended. Layer one-third of the bread in the prepared dish. Set 6 to 8 asparagus slivers aside and top the bread layer with half of the remaining asparagus and half of the mixed herbs. Strew one-third of each of the cheeses over the asparagus. Repeat the layers, using half of the remaining bread, all of the remaining asparagus and herbs, and half of the remaining cheeses. Arrange the remaining bread on top, strew the remaining cheeses over it, and garnish with the reserved asparagus slivers. Pour the milk-egg mixture over the layers and then dot with the butter.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is crusty brown and a knife inserted in the middle of the pudding comes out clean, about 45 minutes.


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