July 12, 2010

Tomato Bread Pudding

Recipes Momma may have forgotten to mentioned


As the garden winds down, at least down here in our humid south, many of our crops are ending and I thought is would be a good time to feature recipes that used up the last of vegetables. That is, when we find only a few left on the stalks or vines. These this week are also ones that I find interesting and perhaps lost in time…

Take this one, similar to one Mamie Eisenhower made many times. I like it because it is simple, uses just a few ingredients and is just as good today as it was back then. There are many other versions like the Italian one using sliced Roma tomatoes with basil baked over seasoned bread or the French one with a creamy tomato sauce baked in a loaf of bread. This one has more appeal to me and as I said, it is simple. Enjoy!

Tomato Bread Pudding

3 cups white bread cubes (1/2 inch), toasted
1/2 cup melted butter
2 or 3 large tomatoes, peeled & thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar (depends how sweet you like it)
1 -10.5 oz can tomato puree
Fresh basil or thyme leaves if desired
    Toss bread cubes with the butter. Place a layer in a medium size casserole dish, a layer of tomatoes and repeat ending with tomatoes on top.

    In a bowl, mix salt, sugar, basil if desired and tomato puree together. Spread over the top. Use a fork to poke mixture around the tomatoes and bread cubes.

    Bake for about 50 minutes in a 375-degree F. oven.

    Note: If using the basil, cut the sugar to about 1/4 cup and adjust the salt. You can also add garlic, thyme or other herbs and pepper if desired but then, you’re getting away from the recipe…

    19 comments :

    1. That sure is an old southern style recipe. It would hit the spot at lunch today I can tell ya!

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    2. I wonder why I didn't know sooner that you and Mamie shared recipes? This looks quite interesting a bread pudding without eggs or milk. It's hard to believe that your tomato season is winding down and ours hasn't started.

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    3. Wow-this is really unique! I can't say I've ever heard of tomato bread pudding before. I'm very curious!

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    4. Wonderful Drick! We love tomato bread pudding. There is an artisan bakery from which I buy Kalamata olive bread. I use it to make my tomato bread pudding and layer in some slices of brie as well. This recipes looks lovely and I like the fresh herbs!

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    5. Wow, we both posted a bread pudding recipe, today! Must be ESP! lol Seriously, this Tomato Bread Pudding looks fab and I think it would be awesome with the basil and thyme! Thanks for the great recipe, cher!

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    6. Holy smokes that is one beautiful bread pudding!

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    7. gorgeous pudding and sounds delicious too never had it but going to have to try this!

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    8. What a great recipe...I don't believe I have ever had the pleasure? I be over say 7 ish...

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    9. Wow! that looks delish Drick!Tomatoes are getting good around here, looks like a great dish to try this summer

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    10. It is good when tomatoes are in season. YUM!

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    11. great pudding...perfect season to enjoy this, oh i am still in heaven from your strawberry cats, we had visitors over and well they all went home with your link, they loved heat and sweet, printed out to go into my personal recipe collection..oh also stop by you won the mi chita cookbook...congrats
      sweetlife

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    12. I have never heard of this savory bread pudding. I can't believe your garden is winding up...we haven't even begun to harvest the warm weather crops! When our tomatoes finally ripen, I am going to have to give this a try.

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    13. Your garden is winding down, and here in cold, rainy Seattle, we are just gearing up. I'll be sure and save this for the tomatoes that I'm hoping will be abundant!

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    14. This is exactly the kind of recipe I adore... Thank you!

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    15. PS: I posted a savoury leek and bread pudding on my blog not so long ago - yours looks way better though!

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    16. I'm not good in making bread pudding. Have made before...the normal, simple sweet type. But yours look way better with the tomato. Gives it a beautiful colour. Looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

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    17. I have had bread pudding, but never with tomatoes. This sounds awesome! It's been so hot up here I swear we may be on the same growing cycle ...

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    18. This looks good Drick, I've never tried tomato bread pudding. I would give it a try but my tomato plants are way behind yours:-)

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    19. You always have some simple gems up your sleeve. This is a beauty, and one that i can't wait to try. Savory bread pudding isn't something I have thought about much until now.

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