If you are like me, you don’t like to see bread go to waste. One of the things that you can do with day old bread is make French toast. It is really quick and easy. The artisan breads are my favorite to make French toast with. Just slice them about 3/4 inch thick when the bread is starting to go stale. Let the slices sit out on a tray over night to make the next morning. Anyone can make this and you can eat it anytime. It is a good recipe to have on hand when you are out of ideas and out of money.
Most of the bread that is distributed at the Food Pantries are breads that are at the end of their shelf life. As soon as you get them home you freeze some for later use in a week. Since eggs have been really cheap in my area I have been making French toast, the whole loaf is used. What ever is left over I will put in the refrigerator for the next day or freeze it. It will keep up to a month in the freezer. At my house it don’t usually stay in the freezer for very long. Reheating it can be done in the toaster, oven or microwave. Just throw it in the microwave and in a minute you have breakfast.
Slice a whole loaf of Italian bread in 3/4 inch. Spread it on a tray to dry out over night.
- 6 eggs beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- pinch of salt
Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium high heat and spray with vegetable cooking spray. You can use oil or butter if you like to fry with. Beat the all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Soak each slice of bread about 15 seconds on each side one at a time. If the bread is not very dry it will take only a few seconds. Then place in the skillet to fry. Brown on each side. Serve warm with a butter pat and syrup or a sprinkle of powered sugar.
Left overs can be refrigerated for next day use or freeze for later use. Just reheat and serve.
Here is a short video that gives the step by step method of making French toast. The recipe that is used makes a smaller batch of toast.