Stale bread, things you can do with it.

This is from a reader’s digest book, How to do just about anything!

Slices without crusts Us to line a bowl, fill with soft fruit, top with more bread and press down with a plate and weight overnight for a summer pudding.

Dip in egg and milk and fry for French toast.

Layer buttered slices in a dish with sultanas and lemon zest, top with vanilla custard and bake to make bread and butter pudding.

Cubes Fry or bake in the oven, drizzled with oil, to make croutons. Add to tomato soup to create the Italian pappa al pompodora or to any vegetable soup to thicken it.

Breadcrumbs Mix with onions and herbs to make stuffing; fruit and nuts, such as dried apricots and almonds, can also be added. Mix with chopped herbs and use to top fish pies or other savoury dishes as an alternative to potatoes. Use, following flour and beaten egg, to coat food before frying.

Mix with sugar and lemon zest then layer with apples, dot generously with butter and bake in the oven for apple charlotte.

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