Fresh bread, that’s what it’s all about! The soft crumb and the crunchy crust… yes, but that doesn’t last! Soon the bread becomes stale! What to do with it then, give it to the ducks, throw it away? Of all the foods we throw away, bread is in first place… and this is a mistake! There are many recipes to give new life to good bread! Here are some tips on how to recycle hard bread.
Our 10 tips for recycling hard bread
Recycle bread into breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs are very useful in many everyday recipes. It is very easy to do : break the bread up roughly by wrapping it in a closed cloth and hit with a rolling pin! Put the bread in a blender (or coffee grinder) to continue the work. Keep the breadcrumbs in an airtight jar.
With these breadcrumbs you can make beautiful breadcrumbs on food (vegetables, meat or cheese), just :
Put some flour in a deep plate
Beat two whole eggs in a bowl
Pour the breadcrumbs into a soup plate.
Roll your food one by one in the flour, in the eggs and then in the breadcrumbs.
Fry them in a hot pan with a little bit of oil.
Make croutons with the hard bread
To decorate your salads or soups with small croutons that are both dry and crunchy, simply cut your dry bread into cubes. You can use a knife and press the bread along the blade. Be careful not to hurt yourself, because when the bread is hard, it can be sharp too!
You can fry the bread cubes in a pan and add any seasoning you like (garlic, pepper, herbs, spices, etc.). Or put them in the oven at 200°C to brown them.
Make toast or bruschetta
This obviously refers to the sliced bread that you left lying around the table at the end of the meal. It would be difficult to slice a loaf into a ball. You can heat them up in the toaster or oven and top them with cheese, pâté, pickles, hummus, guacamole, or even break them into salads like croutons.
Like the Italians, you can rub toast with garlic and spread it with tapenade, crushed tomatoes, olive oil, aubergine caviar, cheese, etc.
You can store your toast in an airtight jar or container until you need it.
Here is a delicious toast recipe available in the app:
Make a terrine
Stale bread can be used to make gratins and terrines in no time. Soak the stale bread in milk the night before and add an egg and lots of vegetables the next day. All you have to do is put the dish in the oven and it’s ready!
Making a pudding
This is the ideal recipe for recycling leftover bread! All you have to do is :
Soak 500g of crumbled stale bread with 1 litre of boiling milk.
Add 4 beaten eggs and 250g caster sugar.
Pour into an ovenproof dish and bake at 180°C for about 1 hour.
Then enjoy plain or topped with a coulis!
For a sweet or savoury pudding, you can add fruit (orange, apple, dried fruit etc.), vegetables, meat or cheese! Delicious hot or cold!
Making French toast
In the recipe from our childhood, any stale bread is allowed: slices of hard bread, dried brioche or milk bread, old croissants, sandwich bread or gingerbread. The recipe is also available on the app, so you can adapt the recipe to your leftovers!
In a soup plate, pour 1/2 glass of milk and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
Whisk everything together to combine all the ingredients
Heat 2 knobs of butter in a frying pan over a low heat
Dip 2 slices of brioche in the milk on both sides and place gently in the pan
Fry for 3 minutes
Turn the brioche over and brown for another 4 minutes
When ready, put on a plate and cover with 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
Making a filling with hard bread
And no, it’s not a joke! Simply crumble the bread and soak it in milk. Add 1 egg, then the minced meat of your choice or sausage meat, garlic, onion and herbs.
Make grilled cheese
You don’t need fresh sandwich bread to make good grilled cheese, just soak your stale slices of sandwich bread in a mixture of milk and beaten egg.
This recipe from the USA is a wonderful way to recycle meat.
Mix 800g of ground beef, 100g of dry bread cut into small pieces, 150g of tomato sauce, 1 carrot, garlic, onion, thyme, marjoram, parsley, oil, salt and pepper.
Pour the mixture into a cake tin.
Bake for 45 minutes at 190°C and serve warm.
Make a bread soup
The dish of our grandmothers par excellence, it is both economical and very nourishing.
Be aware that breadcrumbs or croutons in industrial bags often contain additives and palm oil.
Don’t throw away your bread anymore, give it a new life!
💡 Good to know
If you have a cooling oven, place your bread on a tray in it to dry overnight. It’s a great way to take advantage of that free heat!
With all these tips and recipes, you’re in for a treat!