Having a loaf of bread in the house is a necessity….just ask anyone who works in a grocery store whenever the weather forecast is calling for snow! Bread is a very important part of our diets and I would say that the majority of the bread sold is used for sandwiches, with toast following right behind.
If you’re like most people, once the bread starts to get a bit stale, it’s often thrown out. This doesn’t necessarily have to happen. As long as there’s no signs of mold present on the bread, it can still be used. One way to use stale bread is to make bread crumbs. Do this by tearing the bread in pieces and grind it in the food processor or electric blender to make crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a Ziploc bag or a jar with a tight lid and place in the freezer. The crumbs can be used in recipes calling for fresh bread crumbs, such as meatloaf or for topping a casserole.
Bread that’s getting stale can also be used for French toast, bread pudding, or even croutons for salads. But if you’d like to try something different, here’s your answer: pancakes! This recipe, “Blender Bread Crumb Pancakes”, is one that uses leftover bread. By combining the crumbs with the typical pancake ingredients, you have a welcome breakfast treat! It’s also extra easy to make, since you use an electric blender. Though I’ve never made this recipe with a food processor, I don’t see why you couldn’t. Just be careful not to over-process the batter, since a food processor tends to blend faster than a blender.
This makes a light, tender pancake that can be topped with the traditional butter, syrup, or jam or jelly. Serve with some bacon or sausage and fruit, and you’ll have a satisfying breakfast. Some people enjoy pancakes for dinner, but whenever you want to serve them, they’re great anytime!
If you have some bread on hand that’s about to go stale, hold on to it and try your hand at these pancakes this weekend!
BLENDER BREAD CRUMB PANCAKES
2 Slices Dry Bread, either white or wheat
1-1/2 C. Buttermilk
2 Tbls. Vegetable Oil
1-1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Salt
Break bread sliced into blender container; cover and blend until bread forms coarse crumbs; add remaining ingredients to the bread crumbs; cover and blend only enough to combine; spoon batter onto hot, lightly greased griddle; when bubbles appear and the surface is dry, turn to cook the other side (small cakes are easier to handle). Serves 4.