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Have you got guests coming to stay? A big family to feed? Or just fancy a special treat? Then this Croque Madame brunch bake is perfect for adding some oomph to your mornings this Christmas! This recipe uses crispy fried eggs to add a tasty twist to this classic dish. It will keep the family full and ready for those busy days through the Christmas period. Breakfast just got even better!

Ingredients:

  • 50g unsalted butter (melted)
  • 6 slices white loaf
  • 25g plain flour
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk
  • a generous pinch of nutmeg
  • 200g Gruyère (grated)
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 slices organic dry cured ham from Helen Browning’s
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil
  • 4-6 eggs, depending on serving size

Method:

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Use half the melted butter to brush over one side of each of the slices of bread. Grill the bread, butter-side up, until golden and crisp. Set aside. Heat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6.
  2. Heat the remaining butter in a saucepan and, once foaming, add the flour. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in the milk a little at a time, until smooth. Return the pan to the heat and bring to a simmer, stirring continuously. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until you have a thickened, smooth sauce. Remove from the heat and stir through the nutmeg, 125g of the cheese and season to taste.
  3. To assemble the sandwiches, spread the Dijon evenly over the untoasted sides of the bread. Lay two slices of ham over 3 of the slices of bread and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the ham. Top with the remaining slices of bread, toasted-side-up, and press down. Cut into triangles and arrange in a 2-litre baking dish or roasting tin. Pour the cheese sauce over the sandwiches evenly, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While the bake is in the oven, heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the eggs to your liking. Top the bake with the eggs to serve.