Life Hacks For Leftover Bread

Two ways to make the end of the loaf count.

06/07/2017 12:17 PM AEST | Updated 06/07/2017 12:23 PM AEST

As much as we all love toast, toasties, sandwiches, egg and soldiers -- sometimes you end up with a few slices (or more!) that don't get used when the loaf is at its freshest.

But that doesn't mean you need to waste those slightly-less-than-perfect slices. Here are two easy ways to make the most of left over pumpkin bread -- croutons and breadcrumbs that are packed with flavour, but cheap and straightforward to make.

Croutons

Ingredients

  • 3 leftover slices from a pumpkin bread loaf (at least a day old)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced.

1. Chop

Chop bread into 3cm pieces.

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2. Mix

Place in a large bowl. Combine garlic, thyme, oregano and oil in the bowl with the bread. Toss to coat.

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3. Bake

Arrange pumpkin bread mixture, in a single layer, on a tray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and crisp. Cool on tray. Let cool and store or give as gifts in spare jars.

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Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

  • 3 leftover slices from a pumpkin bread loaf (at least a day old)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Add pepper to taste

Method

1. Blend

Process bread in a food processor for 20 seconds or until coarsely ground.

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2. Fry

Cook breadcrumbs and garlic in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in parsley, thyme and rosemary, and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

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3. Store

Let cool and store or give as gifts in spare jars.

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Note: Breadcrumb mixture can be frozen for up to 1 month.

You might not have much left over, but the NEW Abbott's Village Bakery ® Harvest Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds is perfect for making these tasty croutons and breadcrumbs.

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