But what to do with hard or stale bread? 12 recipe ideas to reuse it
Do you systematically throw your hard bread in the trash? Don’t make that mistake again! There are very simple tips to restore its freshness or to recycle it.
We have all wanted to eat a good toast of bread for breakfast or to accompany our cheese. And there disaster! The bread you have left and that you are happy to devour is stale or hard as a pebble. Besides, what’s the difference between the two?
A stale bread is bread whose crumb has started to dry out, but there is still hope and you can still use it. Quite often, one swipe at the toaster and you can eat it.
In hard bread, as the name suggests, all its crumb has dried and then hardened.
Above all, do not throw this illico presto bread in the trash and think rather anti-waste, there are several methods to catch your hard bread and make it soften. We have identified 4 for you.
Tip n ° 1: in the oven
Beforehand, slightly moisten your hard bread under cold water. It should not get too soft. Put it, then for 3 to 5 minutes in the oven, preheated to 200 ° C. The bread will come out crispy, as if it came from the baker’s.
Tip # 2: steamed
You will need a steamer. If you don’t have one, then take a saucepan, a colander that can be inserted into it and a lid to put on it. Pour water into the bottom of your device (or your saucepan) and heat it until it boils. When steam begins to emerge, turn off the heat. Place your bread in the upper part of the steamer (or in the colander) and wait 5 min. Your bread will come out soft and ready to eat.
Tip # 3: in the microwave
Quick, simple and efficient, this method is the most famous and often used. Simply wrap your hard bread with damp paper towels and microwave it in 10 second increments until it becomes soft and crisp again.
Tip # 4: with celery
This trick is to use for sliced bread. Place a stalk of celery in the bag for storing the bread and then put it all in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight ideally. By reopening the bag, if this trick worked, the celery stalk will have dried and the bread will be fresh again thanks to the humidity of the celery it will have absorbed.
If these tips haven’t worked for you and your bread is definitely too hard, you still have a solution to recycle it. We just found you 12 recipes !
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Croutons Cut stale bread into regular dice. Then mix them with a little olive oil and salt. Depending on your convenience, leave them as they are or add spices, aromatic herbs, garlic, Parmesan or even citrus zest. Then bake them for 5 minutes at 200 ° C or brown them in a pan.
Breadcrumbs Break your hard bread into pieces and then add them to a blender. Mix and voila! You have your own homemade breadcrumbs, nothing too complicated. Be sure to store it in an airtight box. You can use it to make breadcrumbs or to brown dishes.
Farce Crumble your hard bread and soak it in milk. Add an egg and mix. Add the ingredients of your choice: meat, fish, vegetables, onion, herbs, etc. Mix everything together and you can then stuff vegetables or meats.
Panade or hot Provençal soup Ingredients: 200 g of dry bread, 20 cl of cream, 1 egg, 25 cl of milk, 50 g of butter, salt and pepper. Cut the dry bread into pieces and put it in a saucepan with 1.5 L of salted water. Leave to cook for 15 minutes then mix. Pour the whole thing into the saucepan with the milk. Beat the egg with the cream and add them to the preparation off the heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Toast or Bruschetta Rub your slices of bread with garlic and sprinkle them with a drizzle of olive oil. If the bread is really stale, rub it with a cut tomato to soften it. Place a base of tomato coulis and then add the ingredients of your choice: fresh or dried tomatoes, cheese, mozzarella, ham, bacon, salmon, olive, pepper, avocado, etc. Finally, put your toast in the oven for a few minutes (grill function) and enjoy!
Croque-monsieur Dip slices of hard bread in a mixture of beaten egg and milk to soften them. Then garnish your croque-monsieur as you wish: meat, ham, salmon, tuna, cheese, tomato, vegetables, etc.
Meatloaf Ingredients: 800 g of minced meat, 100 g of dry bread, 150 g of tomato sauce, 1 carrot, 1 onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your blender and blend everything. Pour the preparation into a cake mold and bake for 45 min at 200 ° C. Serve lukewarm.
gnocchi Ingredients for 4 people: 200 g of stale bread, 15 cl of water, 80 g of flour, 20 g of Parmesan, 1 egg, salt. Cut the bread into cubes and put it in a bowl with the water. Let it soak for 20 minutes so that it softens well. Then squeeze it to remove excess water. Add the flour, Parmesan, egg and salt. Mix with a fork until you get a soft dough. On a floured work surface, form sausages 5 cm in diameter and wrap them in cling film. Reserve in the refrigerator for 30 min. Then cut your 2 cm gnocchi in the sausages and cook them in a saucepan in boiling salted water. They will rise to the surface when cooked.
Fish terrine Ingredients: 150 g of stale bread, 12 cl of milk, 1 kg of fish fillets of your choice, 2l of court bouillon, 1 onion, 4 eggs, 1 can of tomato paste, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Soak the bread in the milk and let it soak. In a saucepan, poach the fish in court bouillon for 10 minutes and drain it. Then cut it into small pieces. Squeeze the bread to remove excess milk and add it with the fish and chopped onion. In a salad bowl, beat the eggs with salt, pepper, nutmeg and the tomato paste. Add this preparation to the one with the fish and mix well. Pour everything into a buttered cake mold. Bake in a bain-marie for 45 minutes at 180 ° C.
Pudding Ingredients: 500 g of hard bread, 1 l of milk, 4 eggs and 300 g of sugar if you want it to be sweet or a little salt if you want it in a salty version. Cut the bread into pieces and soak it in the previously boiled milk. Once it is well soaked, mix and add the eggs, sugar or salt. Mix everything. It is also possible to add ingredients to the preparation: dried or fresh fruits, caramel, chocolate … or vegetables, cheese, spices … Pour the preparation into an oven dish and bake at 180 ° C for 1 hour. Serve it as is or topped with a sauce.
Cookies Ingredients: 180 g of stale bread, 120 g of soft butter, 80 g of sugar, 1 egg, 125 g of dark chocolate, 1 tsp. to c. yeast, 1 pinch of salt. Reduce the stale bread to powder in a blender. Mix the soft butter with the sugar then add the egg, the yeast and the bread powder, mixing well between each ingredient. Finally, incorporate the crushed chocolate. Using a spoon, form pasta balls and place them on a baking sheet, crushing them lightly. Bake for 12 minutes at 180 ° C.
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