Tangy Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding

All the way back in July, I made this awesome bread pudding.

Remember that big project I hinted about?

I know I posted about it on Facebook, but I never did a full post about the whole shebang here – and it’s way overdue!

It was definitely one experience I will never forget.

Lights. Camera. Action. Make up. Someone else picking out my clothes – it was awesome.

When the people from Moovision contacted me about doing a cooking video for the launch of their new website, I was 50% psyched and 50% terrified.

Video? Me? I don’t even like the sound of my own voice on answer machines.

But I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity like this, and I’m so, so glad I didn’t.

The crew was fantastic and I made some great new friends. The filming went so smoothly, and everyone made me so comfortable that I got over my nerves pretty fast.

All in all? We had a blast. I can’t even say that it felt like work – it was fun, hanging out with other bloggers, cooking together, getting to know the crew in between takes. I was so sad to leave when filming was over, and I hope I get to work with everyone again in the future.

My recipe was for a brunch (surprised that I did breakfast?) and I made a savory bread pudding, aka one of my favorite things ever. You can see my video here and watch the other videos, too!

I made the recipe a few times at home before the video shoot and it was SO hard for me to keep it to myself! But now – I can spill the beans.

This bread pudding is the opposite of a sugary sweet version – it’s full of nutty Gruyere cheese, salty ham, and tangy Dijon mustard. Baked into a golden puffy casserole, this is good for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Tangy Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding

Makes: 9-12 servings


  • 6 slices of bread, diced
  • 1/2 cup lean ham, diced
  • 1 cup aged Gruyere cheese, shredded (could also use swiss)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Lactaid Reduced Fat 2% milk or Lactaid Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray or grease an 8×8 baking dish and place half of the cubed bread in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Place the diced ham and the cheese on top of the layer of bread.
  4. Top with the remaining bread cubes.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, dijon, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour the milk mixture over the bread, pressing down to let the milk soak into the bread.
  7. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden and the the bread pudding is set.
  8. Cool 5 minutes before serving.


21 Responses to “Tangy Ham and Cheese Bread Pudding”

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    Kathryn — November 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    That sounds like so much fun! I would have been absolutely terrified but you look so at home on camera and that bread pudding looks amazing!

  2. #
    Faith @ For the Health — November 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    That looks like it was a blast! I’m super camera shy, so I’d have been stuttering all over myself, haha.

  3. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — November 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    How exciting! This looks great :)

  4. #
    Bev Weidner — November 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    That’s amazing! I would have been so scared. Congrats! FAMOUUUUS.

    • admin replied: — November 20th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      ha, hardly :) but it was terrifyingly fun!

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    Kacy — November 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    That’s so cool! Congratulations! Looks amazing!

  6. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — November 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    That’s awesome! You’re video was great :)

  7. #
    emily — November 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Brandi, that’s awesome! The video was great. You look totally adorable and are so professional!

    • admin replied: — November 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      thanks Emily!

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    JulieD — November 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    So fun! Congrats!!!

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    janetha — November 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Savory bread puddings are so good. Yum. You are super cute! I love and miss you!

    • admin replied: — November 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      thanks girly :) miss you too!

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    Elise Franco — November 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one on my own. I am usually hesitant on working with puddings because I usually don’t get things right but this one I am willing to try. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. #
    jenna — November 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    thats really exciting!! :) you look great on too! I’ve never had a savory bread pudding but this looks delish!

  12. #
    Kelly — November 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Very fun. You seem very comfortable on camera, which isn’t always easy. I love savory bread puddings, though I usually call them stratas, but it’s the same thing really. I just made one with gruyere and apple and another with fontina and a mix of mushrooms. They are so incredibly comforting.

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    Shannon — November 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    oh my gosh, what an amazing opportunity!!! yay for savory bread pudding ;) you did such a great job on the video!

    • admin replied: — November 20th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Shannon :)

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    amyjogo — November 20, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Ooooh This sounds so good! And it would be perfect for Thanksgiving day or the day after Thanksgiving (leftover clear out!).

    You look gorgeous on that video. I love your hair that length – very flattering!

    • admin replied: — November 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Amy! :)

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