This savoury french toast is made with stale bread and moldy cheese! Learn to make use of what you have. Waste not, want not.
4 whole eggs
1 cup of dairy or unsweetened plant milk
Roughly four large and thick (2 cm / 1 inch) slices of stale bread
200 grams / 7 oz cheddar or other hard cheese
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of mascarpone (optional)
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes (optional)
2 tablespoons of black olives (optional)
Garnish with good olive oil, more cherry tomatoes and black olives.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and black pepper. Soak the bread in this mixture in a shallow dish or appropriately sized oven-safe casserole for at least 20 minutes up to 1-2 hours, flipping the bread slices often so they absorb on both sides.
After soaking, top the slices with the Italian seasoning mix and copious amounts of grated cheese. Spoon a few dollops of mascarpone around the edges and then scatter some cherry tomatoes and black olives around the dish.
Bake at 180 C / 350 F for roughly 40 minutes or until the cheese is golden and the bread is cooked all the way through.
Serve topped with more cherry tomatoes, olives and very good olive oil.