Don’t throw out old bread and give it another chance! You can make a tasty drink out of it, and that is bread coffee.
If you sometimes have old bread left at home, don’t get rid of it under any circumstances. It can still be cleverly used. You might be pleasantly surprised at what can be conjured up from a few days old pastry.
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Decaffeinated bread coffee
Remember the time of our grandmothers, who used to prepare coffee from substitutes such as roasted rye, barley or acorns. Old bread was also a frequently used ingredient. It is a good idea to use high-quality sourdough rye or barley bread to make coffee. Crush it into pieces and fry them until crispy in the oven. Then pour boiling water over them, let them stand for a while and finally strain into a mug. You can soften the bread coffee with cream or milk and sweeten it with sugar or honey.
Toasts are a classic
One of the most popular ways of processing stale bread is making toast. They can be fried in oil, but also dry in the oven or electric toaster. Toasts are a suitable accompaniment to many dishes and of course they are best with tartare. You can also wrap old bread in a beaten egg, fry it in a pan in oil and season it with pickles, peppers, onions and a little mustard.
You can also make a great and tasty addition to soups or salads from stale bread. Cut it into cubes, stack them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and brush with garlic or other seasoned oil. Then bake the croutons until crispy in a preheated oven at 100 °C.
Pesto of the poor
You can also make pesto from stale bread. Blend it together with olive oil, fresh herbs, some almonds, garlic and a pinch of salt.
Bake old bread
You can also try one tasty fast food. If you’re struggling with time to make dinner, top some hard bread with cheese and bacon and pop it in the oven for a while. The result will be a fragrant crispy delicacy.
Old bread can also be used as a substitute for mayonnaise, which is suitable not only for salads, but also for meat and roasted or roasted vegetables. Prepare 40 g of crustless bread crumbs, pickled or pickled cucumbers, 2 soft-boiled eggs, 20 g of Dijon mustard and 200 ml of sunflower oil. First, soak the bread slice in pickle for 2 hours, then mix it together with eggs and mustard. Gradually add the oil until a mayonnaise-like mass is formed.