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« on: May 08, 2008 10:11:54 AM »

Hi everyone,

I do volunteer work at a community kitchen, and we ALWAYS have tons of bread donated -- unfortunately, it's usually kind of stale.  Sometimes we'll toast it or use it in sandwiches, but does anyone have any recipes that use bread as an ingredient?  I found this old thread, but the problem is that we rarely have eggs, so French Toast is out.  A couple more restrictions: our serving containers leak, so we can't do anything too "soupy", and we cook the day before we serve the meals, so any recipes that end with "serve immediately" won't work either. 

I know that there are a bunch of tricks to "refresh" stale bread -- I'd be happy to hear them but I'm more interested in finding new ways to use the bread besides just slicing it Smiley  Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008 10:28:32 AM »

Bread pudding...although that generally involves eggs. What about making it into croutons?
Another would be stuffing/dressing, or bread crumbs to use in other recipes.

bread salad: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mid-Summer-Italian-Bread-Salad/Detail.aspx

Bread pudding: http://southernfood.about.com/od/breadpuddingrecipes/Bread_Pudding_Recipes.htm
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2008 10:39:29 AM »

bread pudding doesn't have to use eggs, you can use de-hydrated custard/custard powder.

or toasties, toasties rock and you can make them with almost everything
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008 12:09:39 PM »

bread pudding doesn't have to use eggs, you can use de-hydrated custard/custard powder.

or toasties, toasties rock and you can make them with almost everything

Thank you for the suggestions -- do you have any recipes?  I've never actually heard of custard powder -- is that like instant pudding?  And what are toasties? 
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2008 12:16:42 PM »

http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/content/0,21770,1181042,00.html

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,day-old_bread,FF.html

http://www.redhenbaking.com/dayold.html

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/401354

http://www.recipezaar.com/126964
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2008 12:20:01 PM »


Thank you for the suggestions -- do you have any recipes?  I've never actually heard of custard powder -- is that like instant pudding?  And what are toasties? 


i usually just wing it but for the bread pudding, just follow any recipe you like, just use the instant custart rather than making your own (the most popular here is Birds http://www.britsuperstore.com/acatalog/Birds-.html)

toasties are kind of like paninis but made with regular bread
take 2 slices of bread
butter them
put your filling on the dry side of the bread and put the sandwich together
cook the sandwich on a griddle/frying pan till golden brown
cheese works well, or ham and tomato, anything you like really, just remember to cook the buttered side and put the filling between the dry sides

I hope this makes sense
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008 07:00:13 PM »

coutons.    season to taste cubed bread and drizzle with butter.  bake until crisp.
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2008 02:12:56 PM »


Thank you for the suggestions -- do you have any recipes?  I've never actually heard of custard powder -- is that like instant pudding?  And what are toasties? 


i usually just wing it but for the bread pudding, just follow any recipe you like, just use the instant custart rather than making your own (the most popular here is Birds http://www.britsuperstore.com/acatalog/Birds-.html)

toasties are kind of like paninis but made with regular bread
take 2 slices of bread
butter them
put your filling on the dry side of the bread and put the sandwich together
cook the sandwich on a griddle/frying pan till golden brown
cheese works well, or ham and tomato, anything you like really, just remember to cook the buttered side and put the filling between the dry sides

I hope this makes sense

I love making toasties!  Kiss
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2008 08:39:17 PM »

You could make bread soup! I happen to love it, it's very filling/COMFORTING and you can make it nutritious as well. Here is a well rated one from recipezaar:
http://www.recipezaar.com/8462
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2008 09:54:08 PM »

This doesn't use a ton of bread, but you can make Italian breaded chicken, which is AMAZING. You take dried bread or breadcrumbs, smash them into tiny little bits, add some Italian Seasoning (you can buy it, or make it from 2 parts oregano, 2 parts basil, 2 parts marjoram, and 1 part sage, all of which are pretty easy to grow if someone is so inclined) Bread some chicken with it, and bake until the chicken is safe and salmonella-free.
Also, using toast to make croutons for salads works quite well.

These may not be exceptionally feasible for a community kitchen, but I hope they help.
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