Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stale Bread Anyone?

Hey Everyone! Are you guys preparing your seasonal recipes for the Holidays yet?? I am and I'm so excited! So, for today's blog I am posting some tips for the kitchen. Specifically, recipes to use up any stale bread around the house. If you're anything like me, you have some weeks that you don't use as much bread so you have leftovers getting stale in the pantry. I hate wasting food so I use a few recipes to prevent that! Here are some ideas in case you are running into the same problem!

Cinnamon Sugar Toast
This is a SUPER easy recipe that my Mom started me on when I was little and it makes a great snack!
Photo by: A Pastry Affair

You'll need:
Stale Bread (or you can still do this with fresh bread)
Cinnamon Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350F and make your sugar mixture. To do this, mix cinnamon with granulated sugar in a small container. There is no science to this recipe...if you like more cinnamon, add more until the color of the mixture is a peach color or darker. If you like more sugar, add less cinnamon. The sugar tones down the cinnamon very well so your mixture won't be overpowered. Butter your slices of bread with a moderate layer of margarine (enough for the cinnamon sugar to stick) and place on a pan. Sprinkle the slices with your cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated. Bake for 5 minutes then flip the slices over. Bake for about 2-3 minutes or until the backside is toasted. Then, flip again and bake for another 2-3 minutes or until the cinnamon sugar is a nice dark brown. Remove from oven and cool for a minute or so. You're done!!! Easy right! And they are the perfect late night snacks or warm munchies for a cool day!
**I like to pre-mix my Cinnamon Sugar blend and keep it in a small 
container in my spice cabinet for quick use!
**By toasting the backside, the bread will become stiffer to eat. If you skip this step, 
the margarine and sugar mixture will make the bread soggy.

Cheesy Toast
I have to admit, it's a pretty awesome snack that I got from my Dad and it's SUPER easy as well!
You'll Need:
Stale Bread (or fresh bread)
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (it gives it a nice bite)
**Any spices that you wish to add**

Preheat your oven to the Broil setting. If your oven has a low and high broil setting I would go with LOW. Place small slices of cheese on bread until the slice is covered. Add any bread seasonings that you wish, but my Dad and I keep it simple. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted on the edges. The thicker your cheese slices, the longer the baking time. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes....the cheese gets HOT!! That's it! Pretty simple!

Homemade Crouton Recipe
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 3 cups
Photo by: Savorysweetlife
You'll Need:
6 slices of bread (fresh or day old), crusts trimmed and cubed
3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix melted butter, garlic powder/salt and parsley flakes until garlic powder is dissolved and mixture is clump free. Toss butter mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until cubes are evenly coated. Spread coated bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy and golden brown. Stir the croutons around and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Enjoy!
**This recipe typically takes 30 minutes baking time total - your baking time may vary.

Homemade Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 250F. Slice a loaf of bread into large crouton-sized chunks, or thin slices. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the bread is completely dried out. If you are in an especially humid climate or if the bread is fresh or moist, turn off the oven and leave it there all night. Run the chunks through a food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs - or grate with a box grater.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other uses for stale bread! :D Enjoy!

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