Savory Rosemary Bread Pudding


This is a very simple solution for the leftover bread and cheese from last night's party. Tossing the bread with olive oil before assembling the dish makes the top crunchy and very tasty--reminiscent of good, homemade croutons, which is exactly what it is.

8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 cups cubed bread

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 cup shredded or crumbled cheese

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron pan, and cook onion and rosemary in oil until onion is soft.

  3. Toss bread cubes with olive oil and onions. Exact measurement of bread is not necessary. Place in a well oiled, deep sided, 9 inch square pan. Toss with 1/2 cheese, and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.

  4. Beat together milk, cream, and eggs. Pour over bread in pan. It is fine that the bread sticks out of the custard.

  5. Bake for 1 hour, or until browned and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean (except for melted cheese).

Cook's Note:

I hate to waste anything, and those crumbs of imported cheese and half eaten loaves of good bread are not cheap. Also, I really like that it does not matter if I remembered to put everything away the night before; stale is fine for this recipe. My favorite breads for this are a rosemary loaf and an olive loaf my local bakery makes. Cheeses with a lot of flavor - especially those herb encrusted brie cheeses - are great. If you do not have 1 cup of cheese left over, augment with some good cheddar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
24g Fat
15g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 180mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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