Asparagus Brunch Bread

Food Network Canada
Cook Time
1h 5 min
8 servings

Try this savoury quick bread for your next special brunch, picnic or barbecue occasion.



lb(s) asparagus, spears
oz sliced Black Forest ham
green onion
cup all purpose flour
Tbsp baking powder
tsp salt
tsp pepper
1 ¼
cup milk
Tbsp butter, melted
cup shredded old cheddar cheese
cup shredded asiago cheese


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step 2

Holding each asparagus spear at base and halfway up stalk, bend just until stalk snaps at natural breaking point.

Step 3

Pour water into large skillet to depth of 1 inch (2.5 cm); bring to boil.

Step 4

Arrange spears in 2 layers in water.

Step 5

Cover and cook for 2 minutes or until bright green and still crisp.

Step 6

Drain; chill under cold water.

Step 7

Drain; set aside on towels.

Step 8

Cut ham into 1/4-inch (5 mm) wide strips; cut into about 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths to make strips.

Step 9

Trim end from green onion; halve stalk lengthwise and slice thinly crosswise. Set aside.

Step 10

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.

Step 11

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and butter; pour over flour mixture.

Step 12

Sprinkle with green onion and 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cheese; stir with wooden spoon just until smooth.

Step 13

Spoon half of the batter into greased 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan, spreading over bottom.

Step 14

Arrange half of the asparagus in single layer over top.

Step 15

Sprinkle with ham.

Step 16

Spoon in remaining batter, spreading evenly.

Step 17

Arrange remaining asparagus over top.

Step 18

Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Step 19

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean.

Step 20

Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.

Step 21

Invert wire rack over pan.

Step 22

Holding both tightly together, invert pan to turn bread out onto rack.

Step 23

Remove pan. Invert serving platter onto bread.

Step 24

Holding rack and platter together, quickly invert.

Step 25

Remove rack.

Step 26

Serve warm or at room temperature. (Make-ahead: Bread can be cooled, covered with plastic wrap and set aside for up to 4 hours.)

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