How to make it

  • Using a 7" diameter deep tart pan to measure, cut pieces of crust from the bread about 1/2"' thick, as wide as the loaf and about 2/3 as long as the pan is tall.
  • Butter the pan and stand these pieces in sort of a fence around the perimeter of the pan, with the cut sides facing inward.
  • Cut the rest of the bread in 1/2" cubes and place them in the well created by the bread "fence."
  • Compress the cubes into the pan with your fingers.
  • The bread cubes when compressed should be about even with the top of the bread fence pieces.
  • Sauté the onion in 1 T butter slowly, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
  • Mix herbs together.
  • Beat the egg and yolks briefly with a fork and then mix well with the cream, cooked onions, canned tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato paste, garlic and 3/4 of the herbs. Correct seasoning.
  • Pour cream / tomato mixture over the bread, to cover the bread.
  • (There may be some left over, depending on the size of the pan and how tightly packed the bread is.
  • Any leftover custard can be cooked as directed below with or without bread in buttered ramekins, if you like, or used as an enrichment for a soup.)
  • Allow pudding to sit for 30 minutes, then set in a pan of boiling water that reaches halfway up the sides of the tart pan and bake in a preheated 350º oven 45 minutes.
  • After the first 20 minutes, lay the tomato slices over the top of the pudding and sprinkle with the remaining herbs.
  • Paint tomato slices with olive oil when the pudding comes out of the oven and then allow pudding to rest about 30 minutes before unmolding.
  • **Serve with my recipe for Sticky Chicken and a fresh salad...Excellent!**

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  • notyourmomma 12 years ago
    What a fabulous presentation, make my tomato pudding look sad in comparison. Definitely on a must try list, this would be a great side for many suppers 'round here.
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    pink ate it and said...
    This looks so amazingly good!!! Geesh! Gourmet food! Made it...Tops! You have good stuff Noir!
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