Caprese Bread Pudding

Caprese Bread Pudding is a mixture of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella placed over crunchy baguette slices, then baked in a milk and egg mixture.

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Hello, there!

Happy Sunday!

Is the heat wave bothering you? I hate it. I hate the cold, too. Then again, I always complain about the weather. Meh.

IF there is one other thing I know to be true about me is that I will eat a certain food/dish over and over and over again until one day when I finally decide to go and get addicted to something else. Like, Ice Cream Chimichangas.

Right now I am crushing on Caprese Salad. I crush on it always, but it’s the one salad that I am addicted to every summer, all summer. I pretty much eat it, in one form or another, at least 3 times a week. This Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich and I meet up weekly. It’s cheesy, and saucy, and gooey… mmmm!

First time I made the Caprese Bread Pudding, I was a bit skeptical. I thought it would turn out to be a sog-fest. With this in mind, I proceeded with the idea. You never know until you try.

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Guys! I was wrong about sog-fest! This was one of those, wow-it-worked! meals. I know… I know… it’s just bread pudding. I know. BUT, it’s not. I mean, it is, but it’s way better than the bread pudding that you grew up on.

In fact, my husband said that it tasted just like a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

That, my friends, is an amazing compliment. Have you ever had a Chicago DD?? I hope so! That’s a fantastic pizza! Half of my Freshman 15 came from eating a slice or two just about every day.

If you’re looking for something similar to that pizza, or not, you have to try this. This dish is filled with everything that you would expect; tomatoes, basil, mozzarella… yes, garlic, too. And cream and eggs…

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I have always been an advocate for Caprese Salads and I obviously will continue to be.

Grazie! Errrr! ENJOY!

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Caprese Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: Serve 6 to 8

Caprese Bread Diethood Recipe Caprese Bread Pudding

A mixture of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella placed over crunchy baguette slices, then baked in a milk and egg mixture.

Ingredients

  • 1 (about 8 to 10 ounces) day old baguette, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2-cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish with butter, layer bread slices, and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic, stir and cook until fragrant; about 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until soft.
  • Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  • Pour the tomato mixture over the bread slices and gently stir to combine.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese; set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper and beat with mixer for about 1 minute or until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Pour egg mixture over the bread mixture. Egg mixture should come up just to the topping; it shouldn't cover it.
  • Let stand for 20 minutes.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until custard is set and dish is puffed and golden.
  • Cool for a few minutes before cutting into squares.
  • Serve.
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  1. PolaM July 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM - Reply

    It is like a delicious fake pizza! Must be delicious!

  2. Ramona July 24, 2013 at 5:30 AM - Reply

    You are … well… brilliant!! I have never seen such a beautiful bread pudding… Love the Caprese take on it. :)

  3. Katie July 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    I don’t think I can handle how good this dish sounds! I am also a huge sucker for anything caprese-related right now – one of my favorite flavor combos!

  4. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts July 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM - Reply

    Kate,
    I think you’ve done it! Since my spouse is missing summer tomato season I’ve been trying to think up a way to feed him the amazing Caprese flavors when he returns home–I think I’ll be able to do this with frozen tomatoes (thawed and cooked won’t affect their texture) and no problem turning on the oven in wintertime.

    Thanks!

  5. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    I am happy to see my fav salad in a savory bread pudding! Quite clever and creative, Kate!

  6. foodwanderings July 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    Now that’s innovative. A savory Italian twist on bread pudding and that top photo I just want to reach into my screen and grab a slice, or two, one for my son! :)

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    I can’t even tell you how much I love Caprese anything, this bread pudding is brilliant!!

  8. Maria | Pink Patisserie July 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Reply

    Looks so delicious and what a fantastic idea.. I too have had more than my share of DD pizza, at Giordano’s no less. :) And I adore a pizza or any recipe really that uses a day old baguette.

  9. mjskit July 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    WOW! These “pudding” looks absolutely fabulous!

  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet July 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM - Reply

    I have never had a savory bread pudding before! This looks wonderful!

  11. Helene D'souza July 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Oh I can’t wait to try your recipe out Kate. Looks scrumptious, quick and easy. Need more recipes like this!

  12. Kristy July 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    This sounds like my kind of bread pudding. I can’t get enough caprese in the summer!

  13. Valerie July 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM - Reply

    I eat the same things over and over too – methinks this should to be added to the repertoire!

  14. Mimi July 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM - Reply

    You made it look so pretty!

  15. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 21, 2013 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Oh, my stars! Kate, this Caprese Bread Pudding situation of yours looks like a dream come true! Nom, nom! Yes, in this house we know Chicago DD. (Hubby worked in the Sears Tower a few years and whenever we visit we must indulge.) Thanks for sharing! xo

    • Katerina Petrovska July 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM - Reply

      So you definitely know Chicago! I lived in Lincoln Park for a few years. :)

  16. Averie @Averie Cooks July 21, 2013 at 4:17 AM - Reply

    This looks so good! And yes, I have had plenty of Chicago deep dishes from Giordano’s and similar. It was usually after a late night on Rush Street. :)

    • Katerina Petrovska July 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM - Reply

      Hubs and I were just at Tavern on Rush for dinner! :) Thank you, Averie!! xo

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