Dreamy Bread and Butter Pudding (serves 4)
Bread and butter pudding actually tastes delicious when made with baguette!
2 oz sultanas
2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
14 fl oz milk or 12 fl oz milk & 2 fl oz cream
1 oz sugar
grated nutmeg to taste (optional)
Grease a 2 pint pie dish with butter and thinly slice enough baguette to fill it. Butter the bread slices both sides. Place a layer of the buttered baguette in the dish and sprinkle with some of the sugar and sultanas repeating the layers.
Beat the eggs, milk, cream and cinnamon together and pour over the baguette slices - if you have time stand the pudding in the fridge for half an hour, then sprinkle with nutmeg and place in a preheated oven at 180C/355F/Gas 4 for 30 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown and the custard has set.
02 Refreshed next day in the oven
You can refresh yesterday's baguette by sprinkling it with water and baking in the oven for 5 - 10 minutes.
03 Delicious Homemade Breadcrumbs
Cut the baguette into small chunks and spread them out on a baking tray and cook in the oven at 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5 for around 30 mins until completely dry and golden brown. Allow them to cool and then place them in a food processor. Once processed the crumbs can be stored in a freezer for up to 3 months.
04 Cheese on toast
Cut the stale baguette length ways and use it to make deliciously crunchy cheese on toast. Top with thinly sliced cherry tomatoes before toasting for extra zest.
05 Tasty Croutons
Cut half a baguette into 1 inch cubes and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil, some chopped herbs and a pinch of salt. Toss them well and then spread them out on a baking tray and toast in the oven at 350°F/176°C/Gas Mark 4 until lightly golden. They can be used to vamp up salads and soups.
06 Easy Garlic Bread
Slice the baguette almost all the way through at 1 inch intervals. Place two cloves (to taste) of mashed or minced garlic in a bowl with 4 oz of softened butter and a tablespoon of fresh parsley, beat them together and spread or spoon the mixture between the slices of bread. Loosely wrap the bread in tin foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F/176°C/Gas Mark 4 for around 15 minutes or until golden.
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The French baguette is a wonderful thing but sadly it only lasts a day, here are six things you can do with a hard, stale baguette. 01 Dreamy Bread and Butter Pudding...