Bread is Britain’s most wasted food 32% of bread purchased by UK households is dumped when it could be eaten, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) figures show. 80 % of this is the cheap sliced white made by the Chorleywood method.
When I started my waste monitoring I was aware there would be one item going in the bin which I felt bad about. My partner rarely finishes his loaf (it being something I do not eat) and if there is a new one it went out to the birds. However in Seaford anything like that put out for birds is a signal for seagulls to descend and attracting them is the last thing we want.
Then light dawned. Since we have moved here and visited the café by The Martello Tower I discovered my partner loves bread pudding! Now even when I was a child and my dear Great Uncle Dennis made it this was something I never liked the texture of. So there was my solution. I froze the bread ends for a couple of weeks and used them to make the bread pudding. As I was using spelt and rye bread this is a very special bread pudding. However any old bread will do!
Recipe takes a mere 15 minutes to prepare plus the soaking time
Put the following in a large bowl
250g bread ends torn up 300g mixed dried fruit 1 heaped tsp mixed spice
Pour over 300ml milk and scrunch up the bread
Add 70g soft brown sugar, 1 large beaten egg and the juice of a lemon (optional) , mix well and leave to soak for 30 minutes.
Finally add 50g melted butter, combine and press into a well oiled small roasting tin or square tin
Sprinkle with a table spoon of brown sugar.
Bake at 180 C /160 fan oven for 90 minutes until firm If it gets a bit brown cover with foil.
Let it cool before slicing into squares.
My first effort lasted all of 4 days…..
Now wouldn’t it be great if lots of our left over bread could be made into bread pudding for packed lunches? Maybe I should start a campaign….