Using up old bread for a dairy and egg free French toast
I have to admit: I’m not afraid of carbs. Every morning a enjoy a good bread roll from the bakery or a slice of homemade bread. I just love bread in all kinds of shapes and colours (Yes, even the “bad” white bread) – and fortunately I live in a country with a big baking tradition (If you want to read more about, check out bakingmywaythroughgermany. I love this blog). But although I enjoy a little “breadfast” almost every day, I still end up with leftovers. Sometimes I just bake too much, sometimes I buy too many rolls and sometimes bread just gets hard. So what to do with all the old bread? Make French Toast! As Frl. Moonstruck’s tasty breakfast-blogging-event happens to close tomorrow, I’m gonna use the opportunity and submit my recipe.
So what do you need? First of all: loads of old bread. It doesn’t matter if it’s white or dark bread, you might just have to soak the dark bread a bit longer to get it soft.
How to get started? Chop the bread in little slices or triangles. If it’s too hard already, then soak it first and turn it into little bread balls later.
Prepare your soaking mix (For soaking 2 big bread rolls or about 6 normal slices of bread. Otherwise just make more 🙂 ) I managed to make the batter without using any plastic packaging. You need:
120 g of flour (white or wholemeal)
220 ml of soy milk (in Germany you can get soy milk in glass bottles as well. I found them at SuperBioMarkt)
50 g of brown sugar or
50 ml of agave juice (in glass bottles at SuperBioMarkt)
1 tsp of fresh vanilla (alternatively vanilla sugar)
1 tsp of cinnamon (a lot of Turkish groceries sell spices in glass jars)
optional: a few drops of rum (essence)
Soak your bread in the mix until it becomes soft. After that all you have to do is fry it up in a pan until it gets a nice brown crust. Serve it with icing sugar. As it’s apple season at the moment I made apple dessert the other day and served it with the French toast.
A handful of blueberries added some more colour to my “breadfast”. Tastes better than pancakes!
What do you do with old bread? Would love to find more ways to use up old bread.