Semolina Bread Pudding with Cheddar and Garlic Scapes

garlic scape bread puddingGarlic scapes are an early spring treat at farm stands and the farmers markets.  The fresh and sweet garlic flavor works well in stir fried dishes, the scapes can be pickled, and are an excellent complement to egg dishes such as quiche or this cheddar and garlic scape bread pudding.  I have made it with sourdough bread but I like it best with a flavorful semolina bread.  If you see the curvy green scapes at the market grab some now as they will be gone in a few weeks.

Semolina Bread Pudding with Cheddar and Garlic Scapes
1 Semolina Loaf cut in 3/4″ cubes and left to dry overnight
3 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
1 pint 1/2 and 1/2
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 TBS butter
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3-4 garlic scapes (snipped into 1/2″ pieces excluding the bulb part to make 1/4 cup and reserve one scape for garnish)
3-4 sage leaves cut into small pieces
1 spring fresh rosemary-leaves chopped into small bits to make 1 teaspoon

Set the oven to 350 (baking time about 60 minutes)
Butter a 3 quart casserole dish well
Whisk together eggs and 1/2 and 1/2 and milk
Add chopped scapes and herbs
Add bread cubes and let stand for 15 minutes
Stir in crumbled cheddar cheese
Pour into the buttered baking dish
Dot with about 1 tablespoon of butter in small chunks
Bake for about 25-30 minutes and then press the cubes of bread down gently into the casserole
and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes

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2 responses to “Semolina Bread Pudding with Cheddar and Garlic Scapes

  1. I adore garlic scapes and I bet it made a great addition to this savory bread pudding!

  2. I love savory bread puddings. They’re such an amazing alternative to the sweet ones. I just picked up some scapes this weekend. Was going to pickle a bunch of them. 🙂

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