FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread™ pudding with spinach and mushrooms


  • 4 slices FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • ½ cup gruyère cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 bunch spinach, stemmed and washed thoroughly in two changes of water (more if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • Spray’n Cook


  1. Bring a medium or large pot of water to boil, salt generously and add the spinach.
  2. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender but still colourful.
  3. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop coarsely and set aside.
  4. If using garlic, cut one of the garlic cloves in half and rub the slices of FUTURELIFE®Smart Breadwith the cut side. Then mince all the garlic. Cut the FUTURELIFE®Smart Bread into 2cm squares.
  5. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy, wide skillet and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften, and add the thyme, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook for another minute or two, until the mushrooms are tender and fragrant. Stir in the spinach, toss together and remove from the heat.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray’n Cook a large oven-proof dish, soufflé dish or gratin. In a large bowl, combine the FUTURELIFE®Smart Bread cubes, the mushrooms and spinach, and the two cheeses and toss together. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  7. Beat together the eggs and milk. Add salt to taste and a few twists of the pepper mill, and pour over the FUTURELIFE®Smart Bread Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before baking so that the FUTURELIFE® Smart Bread can absorb some of the liquid.
  8. Place in the oven and bake 40 to 50 minutes, until puffed and browned. Remove from the oven and serve hot or warm.

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