Low carb Croque Madame

Preparation time : 25 min Cooking time : 30 min Servings : 6
Ingredients
  • LOW CARB BREAD:
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 30 g salted butter - diced
  • 1/2 cup creamed smooth cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 1 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese - grated
  • TO SERVE:
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 fried eggs
  • 1 handful Gruyere cheese - grated
  • 1 handful basil leaves
Method
For the bread, pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm x 8cm loaf tin generously with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the tahini, butter, cottage cheese and cream in a saucepan and stir over very low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat. Combine the eggs, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the mixture to the melted tahini paste-mixture and stir until smooth.

Whisk in the almond flour and transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf tin. Smooth out the top with a spatula and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 

For the cheese sauce, heat the cream and mustard in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Whisk in the cheese until smooth. Allow the mixture to thicken and cool slightly for 5 minutes. To serve, portion out 2 slices of bread per person. Add a layer of ham and some cheese sauce. Serve with a fried egg on top and scatter over some Gruyere cheese and basil leaves. 

TIP:  Turn this versatile low carb bread into French toast by dipping day old leftover slices of the bread in some whisked egg and then frying it off in a bit of olive oil or butter until golden.

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