Ways to use leftover bread

Uses for Bread - share ideas on how to use bread
United States
January 18, 2007 6:24am CST
I don't eat a lot of plain bread, and usually find myself with lots left over and I don't want it to go to waste..other than using it for bread crumbs, can you give me some other ways of using up the rest of a loaf of bread? Share your recipes and ideas, please!
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10 responses
• India
18 Jan 07
Some more tips to use ur bread. 1.Cut them into squares and fry till crisp. store them in a airtight bottle and use it in your soups as a substitute for soupsticks. They taste great. 2. Beat an egg and add 1/2 cup milk and sugar acc to ur tastes to it. mix the batter. Heat a pan. Dip the bread slices in this mixture and fry it. Can eat this french toast for breakfast/lunch or dinner. 3. If u have a sweet tooth than make a sugar syrup with one cup sugar and one cup water. Heat till sugar completely dissolves and let it boil for 3 min. Remove scum if any. Add a pinch of cardamon powder and the leftover berad cut into squares. Refrigerate. Eat it cold. 4. Bread cutlets : Boil potatoes and mash. Dip bread in water and remove it immediately and crush it and add to the potatoes. Add salt n pepper n chilly flakes acc to ur taste. Take small portions and roll it like a ball and flatten it wiht ur palms. Roll it in breadcrumbs and shallow fry it in a pan. Eat it with tomato ketchup. Hope this helps u.
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• United States
18 Jan 07
all great ideas! i can't wait to try these..thanks
@Moodyelf6 (129)
18 Jan 07
How about something completly different - take a walk and feed it to some birds!! That's what I tend to do with our leftover bread :)
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• United States
18 Jan 07
i usually try to feed them as often as i can, specially in the winter..and with all the ducks and geese we have around here, great ideas...thanks to both of you!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
19 Jan 07
i make bread and butter pudding. Line a baking bowl with as nany slices of buttered bread as you need to cover the surfices, butter sude out, break up maybe four other slices fill the bowl with chopped apple currents raisins and your broken bread, cover with buttered slices butter up. cook in a medium oven, its great
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• United States
20 Jan 07
sounds like a great change from the usual! i'll try that, thank you
• United States
19 Jan 07
How about making croutons for salads. Cut the bread into slices. Brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt or other spices. Bake them in a 200 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Break or cut into cubes.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
that sounds great!...i'll try that..thank you!
@olaff123 (434)
• Namibia
19 Jan 07
One option is to freeze what you don't need and use it in the recipes already given. I often make a savoury bake with 'old' bread. I use four slices of bread (cut of the crusts). These I soak in some milk, and when it is mushy I add two eggs and about a cup of grated cheese. This forms the base of the recipe. I then fry up some onions and bacon, or just onions and add some tinned tuna, and maybe some garlic, salt and pepper, any other veggies that might suit the mix, and bake it in an oven @ about 350 F for about 45 mins. It's quick and easy, even when served cold.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
that does sound awfully easy and good, too...i'll give that a try. thank you so much
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
18 Jan 07
I have a few things I do when I have left over bread. I shall share some of these things with you.. As I know I tend to dislike letting bread go to waste when it can be used for so many different things. Some of those things are: You could use your left over bread for "crisps" or for "toasts." They are easy to make. All you need to do is slice the bread thinly, then all you do is season it, & then bake at at roughly.. 200 degrees in the oven until it is lightly browned. You can also brush one or both sides of the bread with butter or with olve oil as well. And then you could put grated cheese on top, as well as herbs even. And then all you do is just bake it a little bit longer until it is all crispy or even a golden brown. I've had them before.. If they are done the right way they can be really yummy! . . You could also make bruschetta. I make it often. This is the recipe if you'd like to make it: - You use four slices of italian bread, or as many slices as you'd like. 1/2 inch thick. - Then 1/2 cup of oil - 1 tablespoon of garlic power - 1 large tomato, sliced - 1 cup of shredded cheese All you do is mix together the oil & the garlic power in a small bowl or even a cup. Then brush the mixture on to the slices of bread you had cut. Then cover each slice of bread with a few tomato slices, then sprinkle with cheese. (As much as you'd like) You can drizzle a little bit of oil over the cheese if you'd like. But if you put to much it can be rather greasy.. I just thought I'd let you know since it has happened to me! . . Eat with a plate as well. You can make crostini as well if you'd like.. All you do is slice your bread in to thin slices. And then you can grill it & brush with olive oil. Then you can top it with cheese, or shrimp, or whatever you'd prefer. French toast is another thing you could make. It's so easy & the perfect thing to use left over bread for! . . You could make bread pudding (I think someone mentioned this), Or home-made croutons, or panada. Panada is where.. It is a thick sauce with crumbs of fresh or even toasted bread, rice or even potatoes, various flours, as well as.. Egg yolks are some-what used, & then butter.. You could look up a recipe if you are interested in making this. It's also used to thicken soups as well, among other things. I hope this gave you a few idea's on what you could use your left over bread for. I wish you all the best of luck. xx
• United States
20 Jan 07
i always wanted to try bruschetta...never knew that could e so easy...i've got these saved to try them..thanks so much!
• United States
18 Jan 07
Beside the usual bread crumbs and crotons. I save the ends, toast them up with cheese on and add them to the top of my soups. I also make bread pudding with cinnamon, milk, then bake and drizzle with maple syrup. At Thanksgiving I use them for the stuffing.
• United States
18 Jan 07
i love the idea of the cheese and topping the soup with them...bet it would be great on onion soup!..thank you for this wonderful idea!
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I don't save my left over breads for cooking, as we have heels left over I save them in a bag in the freezer and then I take my 2 yr. to the park and we feed the duckies and the fishies she loves it and it was food we didn't use so...
• United States
18 Jan 07
yes and they always appreciate it and enjoy it so much..and a great way to teach your little one about loving animals..thank you
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
18 Jan 07
These are what I do with mine: Make homemade croutons from the bread Make bread pudding Make french toast for breakfast I found this list that is great...will be bookmarking it myself! Many new ideas that I didn't know about! http://www.cooks.com/rec/story/128/
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• United States
18 Jan 07
thanks for the great site!..i've never seen that one, but it's in my favorites now, and i'll be referring to it often..thanks for the ideas!
@neenasatine (2842)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Bread Pudding III SUBMITTED BY: Veroncia "Awesome bread pudding with fresh apples and cream! Best served hot with ice cream." INGREDIENTS 2 apples 8 cups bread cubes 3 eggs 1 cup half-and-half cream 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Peel, core and cube the apples. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Cover the bottom with half of the bread cubes and then sprinkle on half of the apples. Repeat with the remaining bread and apples. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, cream, sugar, milk and cinnamon; beat well. Pour this mixture evenly over the bread cubes and apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve hot. Coconut Bread Pudding SUBMITTED BY: Yoda "The classic bread pudding is enhanced with coconut flakes and coconut milk." INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar 1 cup white sugar 4 eggs 1 egg yolk 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons coconut extract 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut, divided 1/2 cup fresh coconut 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter, and dust with confectioners' sugar. In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, egg yolk, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and coconut extract. Mix until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of flaked coconut, and 1/2 cup fresh coconut. Fold in bread cubes until evenly coated. Pour into prepared baking dish. Set aside for 30 minutes. Bake on a cookie sheet in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup flaked coconut. Continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes, or until center springs back when lightly tapped.