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Irish Cheese Pudding and some Beer

I would presume cheese and bread are staple items in anyone’s cupboard. No matter which way you combine them, you’re sure to have a comforting meal. You can almost call them a happy couple – Wonderful by themselves and more fun when they are together. So obviously I was game when I came across a recipe for “Irish Cheese Pudding”. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was so Irish about it, then I read about the magic ingredient – Dark Beer. Magic? Well, if you’re a beer drinker/Irish (they’re almost synonymous) the reason will be obvious to you. But for the uninitiated, .. the Dark Beer will make the Cheese Pudding moist and fluffy. And anyone who’s tried to achieve the same result without beer, will now vouch, that beer in a main course weaves it own little magic. So I made my cheese pudding and served it with a green salad and like the Irish say, “LoVely it was!”

Irish Cheese Pudding

Prep time – 30 mins
Baking time – 30 mins
Serves 4

What you need:
8 slices stale bread
60g softened butter
150g cheddar cheese, grated
4 eggs
1 cup Dark Beer / Chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
freshly ground pepper

What to do:
Preheat oven to 150 degree C (300F/Gas 2). Remove crusts from bread, butter each slice on one side only. Sprinkle two-thirds of the grated cheese onto four slices, sandwich with the remaining bread. Cut Cheese sandwiches in half diagonally. Well you can make pretty star shapes for all I care.. but we are trying to keep it simple 🙂
Grease a shallow oven proof dish with the remaining butter. Arrange sandwiches over the base.
Beat the eggs, beer and cream; Note: You can substitute chicken stock for beer or go half and half (Just making the recipe kid friendly!). You can also stir in a spoon of Dijon Mustard for more flavour. Pour mixture over the sandwiches, moistening each. Make sure you cover all the sandwiches and there is some liquid standing at the base. Let the preparation stand for 30 mins. This is where the happy union begins.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and season with ground black pepper. Bake for 30 mins or until pudding is set and golden.
Serve with a green salad to make a complete meal. And more dark beer on the side wouldn’t hurt either!

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