Thursday, January 27, 2011

Healthy Living and Old Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post that we mill our wheat and make our own bread. Well, because this is fresh with no preservatives, the shelf life is only a couple to three days before it starts going bad.  Here are a couple of ideas for that old bread (that doesn't sound very appetizing, does it?) that you could use to turn into something yummy!

#1-French Toast

8 1/2 inch slices of whole wheat bread
1 1/2 cups of warmed milk
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons of sucanat or 1 1/2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
maple syrup

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Toast the bread for about 16 minutes. Flip the bread half way through. This is a technique that I learned from America's Test Kitchen that will help out with cutting down on the sogginess of the final product.

Whisk the next seven ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Pour into a large rectangular pan for easing dipping. Dip the bread for about 20 seconds and transfer to heated skillet (medium low heat) with melted butter and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. You can place these in a 200 degree oven until you finish all of them and serve to your family warm and topped with a good organic pure maple syrup!

#2- Cheese Toast

Now I know I really don't have to tell you how to make cheese toast, but I will say that we lightly toast our bread on both sides and then add our cheese on top. Pop them back in the oven for 30 seconds or so until the cheese is good and melted. Make sure you pay attention!! Or you will slap yourself because you wasted all that good bread and cheese.  These go great along with a bowl of vegetable soup or chili. Your kids will thank you!

Maleah did!!

Enjoy, Nichole

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