Is there some sort of bread pudding I can make with all these? Preferably dairy free? Something with veggies, maybe quiche-like? Any ideas?? TIA
bread pudding would be good. or a baked egg and veggie dish. off to find a recipe.
I have also broken them up and used them for the base of a breakfast casserole recipe that was in my grandma's collection. (it called for croutons, I thaw and then toast in the oven these bread ends and break them up, it works just fine. All you do basically is that with the bread, brown breakfast sausage (I use turkey, we don't eat pork), scramble eggs with cheese and milk (I suppose you could leave out the milk, or use rice or soy milk for dairy-free) and then the original was cream-mushroom soup but I make my own white sauce gravy thing for the top.
I also make a sort of bread pudding thing that basically takes the dried out bread, pour milk (again probably any) over it in a pan, add raisins and sweetener of choice, bake. 20 minutes?
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Apple Pear Brown Betty
3 Granny Smith Apples
3 ripe pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Peel and slice apples and pears into thin slices. Cube the whole wheat bread slices. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss apples and pears with lemon juice in bowl. Toss bread cubes/crumbs with butter and sugar in another bowl. Combine brown sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon and nutmeg in bowl. Spread half of fruit in 9" square baking dish. Sprinkle with half the bread cubes and then half the sugar mixture. Repeat layering. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes more. Serve with custard sauce.
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I think bread pudding is my favorite way to use old bread - easy and really yummy - although I find many recipes are way too full of sugar for my liking. I found a recipe from weelicious.com that I like (and I'm sure you could use milk other than cow's milk):
Breakfast Bread Pudding (Makes 4-6 Servings)
3 Large Eggs 3/4 Cup Milk 3 Tbsp Honey, or to taste 1 Tsp Vanilla 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon Pinch Salt 2 Small Apples, peeled, cored and cut into small dice (I like Gala, Fuji or Golden Delicious) 1/3 Cup Raisins 5 Slices Whole wheat or Multigrain Bread (fresh or stale bread), cut in 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Butter a 1 1/2-quart, 8-inch square baking dish. 3. Beat the eggs, milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. 4. Stir in the apples, raisins and bread cubes. Using your hands or a rubber spatula combine the ingredients to make sure everything is evenly coated. 5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish pressing down lightly. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes. * You can prepare the breakfast bread pudding ahead at this point. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 6. Bake for 30 minutes covered. Uncover and continue to cook for an additional 20 minutes. Bake until golden and cooked through. 7. Serve.
I skip the raisins and apples for my crew and add smashed bananas. Applesauce would also work very well, I imagine. I also add more cinnamon than called for and a bit more honey. It's not overly sweet and it really is a great breakfast food. Nice and filling.
Makes me want to have more old bread around just so I can make it more often!
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