The topic of today’s post is bread – a staple food in many parts of the world that has had a significant role in human culture throughout history. Think of common phrases that reference bread – being a “breadwinner” or “breaking bread” with others. Your Love Local Food Box contains a sourdough loaf from Honey Grove Bakery, so the recipes here are tailored to sourdough, but they could also work with pretty much any type of bread!
What exactly is sourdough bread? It is made through the process of fermentation of the dough by naturally occurring yeasts and lactobacilli bacteria. The bacteria produce acids that give the characteristic (in my opinion, delightful) flavour of the bread.
Now, this delicious bread is obviously great for keeping it simple with some butter or cheese, or for making toast or sandwiches. But if it happens to get a bit old or stale, or you just want to try something different, here are some ideas for other ways to use it!
Sourdough French Toast
I love French toast for breakfast, and find that using sourdough bread adds a nice dimension to the flavour. You can use any recipe and just substitute the sourdough for regular bread. Here is an example recipe:
- 8 slices of sourdough bread
- 1 cup of milk or cream
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together the milk/cream, eggs, syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Dip each slice of bread (both sides) in the mixture. Cook the bread slices on a griddle or in a non-stick frying pan. Once one side is nice and golden brown, flip the slice of bread over to cook the other side. Top with your choice of fruit & syrup.
Other Ways to Use Old Bread
Here are some other recipe ideas:
What are your go-to methods for using up slightly old or dry bread? Let me know in the comments below!