I wanted to make a special brunch last Saturday for Dan and me. He worked late the night before so I wanted to surprise him with a yummy dish. Although I've made the lemon, basil, egg bread pudding before, I don't think he's ever had it and I knew that it would be a luxurious treat.
The recipe came from Giada De Laurentiis', Everyday Italian program and specifically from the "breakfast in bed" show. You can use the simple recipe here to recreate it. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare, 40 minutes to bake and 5 minutes to eat.
Dan and I both loved it because it had a nice mix of crunchy bread on the outside, and soft mushy bread on the inside. The fresh basil made this dish fragrant and refreshing, as did the lemon. A tip - if you don't have focaccia on-hand, you can use any other kind of bread that's scoopable. So use anything except for mushy Wonder-style bread.
Enjoy - and don't be afraid to reheat the leftovers in the oven!