No joke. Shopping these days is stressful. Costco – item is sold out. Central Market – no available pick up or delivery dates for the coming week. Tom Thumb – random assortment of options. Target – item is out of stock. So, when I find a loaf of bread, is it weird that I feel like I have won the lottery? (Imagine the feelings if I actually found some Clorox Clean Up, 409 or Wet Ones!) Back to food. Now that you have that loaf of bread, you start to strategize about how to use every slice of bread. Thank goodness there is a freezer and after 20 seconds on defrost in the microwave, those frozen slices of bread will be brought back to life.
If you are lucky enough to score a loaf of bread, here are some tasty recipes to make with and maximize your prized possession:
Challah or Brioche
- Raspberry French Toast Casserole – warning: this uses 10 extra large eggs so make sure you have enough on hand but oh, it’s worth the splurge (or – you can half the recipe)
- French Toast Waffles – same delicious French toast result – you can make 4 slices (2 servings) using just 2 eggs plus there’s a fun twist to cook it using a waffle iron
- Challah French Toast – if you crave a classic
- Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Chocolate Strawberry Marshmallow Panini – croissants can be substituted
- Tres Leches Bread Pudding in a Crock Pot – warning: this uses 9 egg yolks (save the egg whites to make a healthy omelet the next day or meringue cookies, peppermint meringue cookies, or a pavlova)
- Bruschetta - see, not everything is a bread pudding or a gluttonous breakfast item!
- French Toast Casserole – warning: this uses 8 eggs
- White Bean Bruschetta
- Vegetable Tartines – make these on whatever sliced bread you have like sourdough or wheat too
- Beef Tenderloin Sandwiches
- Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella
Hot Dog Buns
- Lobster Rolls – delicious even during a pandemic!