Saturday, February 6, 2010

Revive Leftover Bread - Make French Toast!



Let's face it. As much as we wanted (or tempted) to eat an entire loaf of freshly baked bread or bought one from a well-sourced bakery, we still end up with some leftovers in the fridge. Then I would go out and find another shop and buy something there and I would end up with a box full of old bread at home. What to do?? I don't want to feed them to the pigeons (don't want to attract bird doo doo for me to clean up) and I definitely don't want to trash them (a big waste of food!) Since I couldn't sleep this morning (perhaps I was worried about the snowstorm that was predicted for NY, but turned out pretty calm after all), I had some time 'to waste' so I managed to revive some of the old bread to create a french toast breakfast for mom.

It's quiet easy to cook this dish without much effort. All you need is egg, a touch of sugar, milk, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg and my secret ingredient is corn starch to create a 'crust' on the french toast. For the final toast, I just sprinkle some powdered sugar more for visual effect than for the sweet taste. As for toppings? It's up to your imagination. I was lazy, but I went for the default maple syrup and butter. But if you'd like to fancy up the meal, you can easily make a fruit compote by cooking up some fruit with easy part sugar and water and reduce the mixture down to a thick sauce.

So the moral of the story is - Want not, waste not. :)

9 comments:

Sook said...

I make french toast quite often because that's about the only thing my boy eats for breakfast. :) Looks great!

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Left-over bread doesn't happen often in the house (we are bread addicts) but when it does, French Toast is my favorite way to use it up.

Gar said...

@Sook - do you make french toast for your boys every morning? :) What are your versions?

@Jessica - What's your favorite type of bread? Nowadays, I prefer multigrain bread, but I love me some fresh out of the oven french roll too.

Faith said...

French toast is a great way to use up bread! I also like to make breadcrumbs and freeze them to use later as needed.

Gar said...

@Faith - yea, that's another great idea. Thanks! Or bread pudding!

Maggie said...

My dad always taught me to use up stale bread for French toast - he's awesome! I haven't had French toast in a while but I am definitely due to make some. Thanks for the reminder :D

Gar said...

@Maggie - that's great! Seems like you've a great relationship with your father. :)

mmmelody said...

If you want a boozy twist on french toast, a quick dip of stale bread in red wine before the egg dippage - it adds a little sweet and sour kick. To top, I'd suggest some homemade maple butter - melted butter mixed with two parts syrup (the butter should never boil, and you can adjust the ratio depending on the consistency you prefer)!

Gar said...

Thanks for the boozy suggestion mmmelody. :)