Don’t Throw it Away: Ideas for Using Leftover Bread

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We all know what it’s like to do shopping on a budget and even though we all try to be a bit more ‘savvy’ these days, it’s easy to get into the ‘two for the price of one’ deals. We think we’re going to use it, but all too often items bought in these deals end up being thrown out. Bread has got so expensive these days that I often look out for ‘buy two for £2’ etc. but sadly it’s all too easy for it to end up in the bread bin and then the kitchen bin! So don’t throw away bread from these offers; here are some ideas as to how to use it up.

If you have uncut bread looking a bit sorry for itself, it’s easy to revive it and make it taste like it just arrived fresh from the bakery. Simply dip it in water and then bake in a warm-ish oven, (around 170) for around 7-10 minutes. I promise you, your family will think you’ve got into the art of making your own bread!

Make your own breadcrumbs. I don’t know about you, but I often want to use these to coat home-made chicken nuggets etc. Just whiz the bread in a food processor until as coarse or as fine as you like, adding a pinch of dried herbs or spices if you like, (paprika works really well,) and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you have a pan of soup on the hob, then make some delicious croutons to accompany it. Just cut bread into bite-sized pieces and fry in plenty of olive oil. These are delicious if you have some fresh rosemary to sprinkle in.

Stale bread is super for thickening soups, sauces and stews. For example, a simple Italian soup is ‘Papa al Pomodoro,’ which is tinned tomatoes, stale bread, garlic and a handful of basil. Delicioso!

French toast or eggy bread. This will take you right back to childhood! Just dip stale bread in egg and fry. You can make it either savoury or sweet. If going for savoury, add salt and pepper to the beaten egg before frying. Makes a lovely alternative to toast or fried bread with a full English. If you fancy something sweet, add some caster or icing sugar to the egg before frying. Fry in butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon if liked. Serve with warm seasonal fruits, (just tip into a saucepan with a couple of spoons of water and a sprinkling of sugar; warm through until the juices run.) French toast is also lovely served with maple syrup and crisp fried bacon.

Savoury bread and butter pudding. Thickly butter slices of stale bread on one side, cut into triangles and place in buttered pie dish. Make a savoury quiche filling, using anything you have in the fridge, such as bacon, onions and peppers. (Fry them first.) Pour quiche mixture over bread, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until puffy and golden.

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