Cheese and Ham Soufflé

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The first time I ate this soufflé was at my mother-in-law’s. In the beginning I thought it was weird to make a soufflé with toast bread. I thought that perhaps it would feel like a toast. When I tried it, I completely changed my mind. Everything was so soft in there and there were moments, I couldn’t trace the bread whatsoever. I really liked it and now that I am cleaning up my fridge, I thought it would be a great idea to make it and use all the cheese and ham I had in there. It is very easy, so easy even a child can make it and fast. The only time consuming task in this recipe is the time it requires to absorb its liquids before baking time. It is also great for kids, because it is soft and I know from my son, that kids up to a certain age are bored to chew and they want soft food that can easily be swallowed. If you do not have one or another of its ingredients, do improvise, this recipe is so versatile that you have plenty of room for new ideas and ingredients. Do try it and let me know what you think.

Cheese and Ham Souffle
700 ml milk, any milk is fine; I used a combination of light and full fat freshly pasteurized
12 toast bread slices, crust removed
4 eggs
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
6 slices of Ham, you can use more if you like
2 slices of bacon, do use more, I only had 2
250 gr. emental cheese
150 gr. edam
140 gr. parmigiano
200 gr. mozzarella
Margarine around 100 gr.


Take Pyrex 30cmX22cm and butter it generously. In a bowl whisk the milk, eggs, salt and nutmeg. Place the 6 slices of bread in the Pyrex. Put the slices of ham. Above it place the bacon chopped in small pieces and above all put half of the quantity of cheese. Take a soup ladle and spread 2 ladles on top. Put another layer of the last 6 slices of bread and throw above them the rest of the cheese.
On top spread the rest of the milk-eggs mixture and a few cubes of margarine. Put it in the fridge for couple of hours to absorb its liquids. Preheat oven to 175° C. Take it out of the fridge. Let it take room temperature and bake on the lowest part of your oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. I am sending this to Family Food Fridays.