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Bread Pudding with Kale and Pepper Jack Cheese

12 Servings

3 hours 50 minutes active, plus cooling

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For this hearty savory bread pudding, we took inspiration from a recipe in “Tartine” by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson. Make sure to use crusty bread with a rustic, sturdy crumb; a soft, yielding loaf will yield a soggy, dense pudding. For convenience, we use bagged kale that is pre-washed and chopped (discard any extra-large pieces of stem). Don’t use baby kale, which turns stringy. The egg-soaked bread mixture must stand for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours) before baking, so this dish offers make-ahead convenience. We prefer the flavor of the pudding made with chicken broth, but to make it vegetarian, use vegetable broth. Serve it warm for brunch, as a hearty side to a roast, or as a main with a simple leafy salad.




Don't trim off the crust from the bread; the crust bakes up with a chewiness and adds nice textural contrast to the pudding. Don't decrease the amount of oil for coating the baking dish; 3 tablespoons may seem excessive but it helps the bottom crust bake up browned and crisp.

3 hours

50 minutes active, plus cooling


  • 1

    pound loaf crusty white bread, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 12 cups)

  • 9

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


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Michelle B.

This was amazing just out of the oven. The next day reheated the mustard was overpowering. However. I didn't really measure the mustard so next time i will and see.

Our kids don't eat the bread crusts so we throw them in the freezer. This was a fantastic use of them.