I am slowly working my way through the handwritten cookbook I found the other day. What a treasure trove it is turning out to be! There are some wonderful ideas in there and one especially captured my imagination: what I would call a "French Toast Quiche" is the ideal meal to use up old bread and other bits and pieces from the fridge and cupboard.
I made a portion of this for lunch today and loved it! The bread makes a lovely crispy base, the topping tastes just like a quiche (all without the hassle of making pastry). Another bonus: the ingredients can be varied according to what you have to hand and served with a simple side salad, this tasty dish won't break the bank either. Perfect fridge cooking!
6 slices of buttered bread
150g grated cheese (cheddar or similar)
1 stock cube
some ham or bacon, cut into strips
2 tomatoes, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (fan oven).
- Butter the bread and place, buttered side down, into an ovenproof dish/casserole.
- Mix the eggs with the milk and crumble in the stock cube; pour the mix over the bread.
- Top with cheese, then ham or bacon strips and tomato slices.
- Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for around 30 - 40 minutes (this depends a little on your oven - just check after half an hour if the egg mix is cooked).
- Serve hot with a side salad.
Why not add a little feta cheese and some basil and oregano for a Mediterranean touch? Or leave out the ham/bacon to make it vegetarian? Simply use what you have to hand & love eating :-)
PS: I made this for one person in a small ovenproof dish, using one slice of thick brown bread, 1 egg, 60ml of milk, a handful of grated cheese, a little seasoning, 1 slice of bacon and 2 cherry tomatoes.