Ham & Cheese Bread & Butter Pudding

by | Dec 23, 2020 | Pork, Small Goods

Ham & Cheese Bread & Butter Pudding

If you’ve got leftovers from your Christmas Ham, this is a brilliant way to use them up for Boxing Day Brunch! Look down further for hints & tips on how to store your Christmas Ham after Christmas too!



  • 100g store-bought garlic butter, softened
  • 1 loaf (800g) sourdough bread, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 300ml pure cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cups grated extra tasty cheese
  • 250g thinly sliced Australian leg ham off-the-bone
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Leafy green salad, to serve

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 10-cup capacity (about 6cm deep) oval baking dish.
  2. Spread butter on one side of bread slices and place slices standing up in the prepared dish.
  3. Combine eggs, cream and milk in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup cheese and stir until combined. Pour mixture over bread slices.
  4. Tear ham into large pieces and place in between bread slices. Place tomatoes between slices of bread.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and egg mixture is set. Serve immediately with a leafy green salad.

How long does Christmas ham last?

Christmas ham stored in the fridge, either on the bone or carved off and wrapped in plastic and foil, will keep perfectly well for up to two weeks.
Ham wrapped in plastic and foil and then frozen will last in the freezer for up to a month. Defrost frozen ham in the fridge for 1-2 days (depending on the size of the frozen portions) before eating.

Can you freeze ham?

Ham can freeze really well if you prepare and store it properly. Here is everything you need to know about how to freeze ham so it defrosts well and tastes good.

What you’ll need

  • Freezer bags or vacuum sealed bags (aluminium foil is also useful for freezing ham on the bone)
  • Sharp knife (if you’re slicing ham and freezing in portions)
  • Permanent marker

How To Freeze Sliced Ham

Freezing sliced ham is convenient and easy. It’s a great way to avoid waste and if done properly ham defrosts just as fresh as when it was frozen. When freezing sliced or deli ham, choose thicker slices as these defrost best.

    1. Use your sharp knife to slice ham to desired thickness (if required).
    2. Allow to cool completely in the fridge if using freshly cooked ham.
    3. Divide ham into portions. Generally a handful or so is a good guide.
    4. Place each portion into freezer bags (or zip lock bags work well too). Be sure to squeeze out all excess air.
    5. Flatten bags so they stack easily in the freezer.
    6. Label each bag using the permanent marker including what’s inside and the date it was frozen.

Frozen ham can last for up to 4 months.