Final Gift Guide Offering

December 24, 2011

Home-Made Bread Crumbs

 This is the best last-minute present I know, so even though I included it in last year’s gift guide, I’m offering it to you again this year. After all, you can never have too much of a good thing. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be thrilled to find some of these spectacularly useful home-made breadcrumbs sitting under their tree. The gift is even nicer if you put them into a pretty bowl. 

Cut a good loaf of stale bread into cubes and grind it into crumbs in a blender or a food processor.  (A blender is better; it gives you a more uniform texture).  If your bread is not stale enough to crumb, you can dry the cubes out in a 200 degree oven for about 15 minutes before grinding. 

 Spread the crumbs onto a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until they are crisp and golden.  Drizzle with olive oil (about a quarter cup for every 2 cups of crumbs), season with salt and allow to cool completely before putting into containers. 

 These will keep in the freezer almost indefinitely.  Just whirl them in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off. 

 

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2 Comments

  • Great idea in a freezer-ready container, decked out with ribbons or other decorations. I love homemade breadcrumbs and try to keep them on hand, though I never thought of giving them as a gift. I’d suggest adding a few handwritten recipes to use the breadcrumbs to their best advantage.

  • Ruth Reichl says:

    Yes, agree completely. A few handwritten recipe suggestions of the best way to use these crumbs would make this an even better present.

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