Ideas for Leftover Bread & Quick Panera Giveaway

by Robyn Wright on December 30, 2012

in Food,Reviews & Giveaways

Do you ever have leftover bread or rolls from a holiday meal or Sunday dinner? It does not happen often with my family, everyone loves bread, but occasionally it does. Panera (aka St. Louis Bread Company as it is known here in St. Louis) has some great ideas for leftover bread. We love getting fresh artisan breads from Panera when I make soups in the winter and now I know what to do with any leftovers!

Panera Soup and Bread

While rolls can go perfectly as a side to nearly any meal, they can be put to use in a multitude of other ways post-feast. Turn that baked ham into a delicious veggie sandwich or even morph into one of your favorite deserts – bread pudding, anyone? In addition to those great dishes, Saint Louis Bread Co. has come up with four delicious things you should do with those leftover dinner rolls:

· Make your own croutons: Cut bread into cube-shaped pieces, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and scatter on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until golden brown (about 10 minutes). Croutons made from Whole Grain, Honey Wheat and Stone-Milled Rye make wonderful salad toppings.

· Create crostini: It’s a fancy term for the miniature toasts used in bruschetta and French onion soup. To make your own, slice the bread into ¼-inch rounds, brush with oil or butter and brown on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven.

· Float bread boats: Kids love these! Leftover bread makes a perfect addition to fresh soup. When it’s ready to serve, add a few small chunks. The bread will absorb the flavors and add a savory layer of texture. Try Sourdough with chicken soup!

· Craft crumbs: Pulse leftover bread in a food processor. Store in the freezer and add to dishes that need extra flavor or crunch. For instance, add crumbs to a meatball recipe. Or scatter crumbs made from Tomato Basil bread atop macaroni and cheese and bake until crunchy brown.

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Disclosure: Panera provided the tips listed in this post and the gift card for the prize. Opinions are my own.

 

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1 Mami2jcn December 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I like their whole grain bagels.

2 Mami2jcn December 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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3 Mami2jcn December 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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4 Andrea December 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love all of their breads but I especially enjoy plain bagels with cream cheese. Yum!

5 Andrea December 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I am an email subscriber.

6 Tamara B. December 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Love their Asiago Cheese Bagels

7 Tamara B. December 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Subscriber

8 Tamara B. December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm
9 Teresa Young December 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My favorite bread is the Ciabatta that Panera uses for sandwiches.

10 Teresa Young December 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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11 Teresa Young December 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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12 Carole Spring December 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Cinnamon Swirl & Raisin Bagels

13 Carole Spring December 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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14 Jessica To December 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

My favorite is the Asiago Bagels.

15 Nancy December 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

My favorite is the Cinnamon Crunch Bagel.

16 Nancy December 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I am an email subscriber.

17 Vickie Couturier December 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Cinnamon Swirl & Raisin Bagels with cream cheese

18 Vickie Couturier December 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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19 Vickie Couturier December 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm
20 angie December 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

their bagels are awesome we try a different one each time
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21 Jackie December 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I like their Sourdough bread
Thanks!

22 Jackie December 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I subscribe via email
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23 Jackie December 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I follow on twitter (jacvil5237) and tweeted
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24 Tammy Mauk December 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I like the whole bread.

25 Margie December 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I like the cinnamon bagels. Thanks for the giveaway.

26 Tammy Mauk December 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I subscribe by email.

27 Wanda McHenry December 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I like their Cinnamon Raisin bread.

28 Cathy B*****y December 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

most definitiely it is the Asiago Focacia!!! Oh my it is so delish… if I am not doing gluten free at the time, I crave this bread from Panera.. they make the best I have tried anywhere in this particular bread!
My birthday is Friday so this would be an awesome win!
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29 Wanda McHenry December 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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30 Yona December 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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31 Yona December 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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32 Cathy B*****y December 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

am a subscriber for along time!
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33 Wanda McHenry December 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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34 Margie December 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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35 nannypanpan December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

i live/love/can eat a whole french baguette of theirs
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36 nannypanpan December 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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37 Birdie Skolfield December 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

♥ the Chocolate Pecan babka bread

38 Kenny F December 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Asiago Cheese Bagels

39 Birdie Skolfield December 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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40 Kenny F December 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm
41 Christine W December 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I am a huge fan of their Asiago Cheese bagels…yum!

42 Christine W December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I am an email subscriber

43 Christine W December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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44 cheryl December 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

love their asiago hard bread

45 Jennifer Marie December 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I like the Cinnamon Swirl & Raisin bagel.

46 cheryl December 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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47 Mia Dentice Carey December 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I LOVE their soup bread bowls!

48 Mia Dentice Carey December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I subscribe

49 Jennifer Marie December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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50 Mia Dentice Carey December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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51 Jennifer Marie December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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52 Mia Dentice Carey December 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm
53 Gianna December 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I like sourdough bread.

54 Gianna December 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I’m an email subscriber.

55 Kathy Murphy December 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I love the tomato bread! It’s the best, my son calls it red bread.

56 Mendy Dinsmore December 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I like the Ciabatta

57 Mendy Dinsmore December 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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58 Mendy Dinsmore December 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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59 Mendy Dinsmore December 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm
60 Christie December 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love Panera’s French baguette, so good!!

61 Christie December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I am a email subscriber!

62 Christie December 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm
63 Rachael Gardner December 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I like my sandwiches on their foccacia bread. But I don’t do twitter.

64 Jane m December 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I love the honey wheat panera bread.

65 Jane m December 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Great ideas for leftover breads & rolls plus win a Panera Gift Card http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/2012/12/ideas-for-leftover-bread-panera-giveaway/ via @RobynsWorld

66 Jane m December 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I scribe via email& twitter

67 sandra December 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

i like their cinnamon raisin bread

68 sandra December 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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69 rachel December 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Their holiday bread is so delicious!

70 Carolsue December 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I like Ciabatta bread best
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71 Carolsue December 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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72 Carolsue December 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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73 Cori Westphal December 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Their Asiago Focaccia is Amazing with a capital A!

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74 Cori Westphal December 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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75 Cori Westphal December 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

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76 CherylS22 December 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

My favorite is their Whole Grain bread.
Thanks for the giveaway!

77 Jessie C. December 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

I like Artisan Rye Bread

78 Jessie C. December 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

I’m a subscriber

79 Jessie C. December 31, 2012 at 12:44 am
80 CherylS22 December 31, 2012 at 12:44 am

E-mail subscriber & RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)

81 Sarah L December 31, 2012 at 1:03 am

I’ve never been there although I drive by one often. I like sourdough bread.
Happy New Year!
Thanks for the contest.

82 Sarah L December 31, 2012 at 1:03 am

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83 Allison L. December 31, 2012 at 1:11 am

I like the baguette bread that comes with their soup/salads!

84 Allison L. December 31, 2012 at 1:12 am

Subscribe to your email/newsletter!

85 Allison L. December 31, 2012 at 1:13 am
86 Melissa December 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

We just got a Panera in town– opened on the 26th! I, not sure what my favorite is, since I haven’t tried them all, but I do like the pastry with the chocolate inside. Yum!

87 Caitlin December 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

I like their Asiago Cheese Focaccia.

88 Sarah L December 31, 2012 at 2:45 am
89 Ashley December 31, 2012 at 4:17 am

Their asiago bagel

90 debbie December 31, 2012 at 5:54 am

Actually, we literally just got one in my town, and I haven’t had a chance to stop there yet. I can’t wait to try their bread.
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91 debbie December 31, 2012 at 5:56 am

I am a email subscriber.
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92 Ravzie December 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

I love the cinnamon bagels with all the yummy cream cheese, but anything in the pastry case if wonderful too! Love me some Panera!

93 deb c December 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

already an email subscriber

94 deb c December 31, 2012 at 7:16 am

I love Panera’s Focaccia bread. It’s the best.

95 deb c December 31, 2012 at 7:17 am
96 Robin O December 31, 2012 at 7:19 am

We have a Panera in our town, and I love their Asiago Demi rolls.
Thanks!!

97 Robin O December 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

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98 Robin O December 31, 2012 at 7:31 am
99 Jackie December 31, 2012 at 7:33 am
100 Jane m December 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

Great ideas for leftover breads & rolls plus win a Panera Gift Card http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/2012/12/ideas-for-leftover-bread-panera-giveaway/ via @RobynsWorld
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101 Lizzy December 31, 2012 at 7:41 am

I like their raisin bread.

102 Lizzy December 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

I subscribe via google reader

103 Lizzy December 31, 2012 at 7:44 am
104 Lisa A. December 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

I like their Three Cheese Bread.

105 Lisa A. December 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

I’m an email subscriber.

106 Jennifer Marie December 31, 2012 at 8:06 am
107 Christie December 31, 2012 at 8:47 am
108 MelodyJ December 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

I like their Holiday Bread.

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109 Alaine December 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love their foccacia bread
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110 latanya December 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

their cibatta bread

111 Kelly D December 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

I like their Sourdough bread

112 Kelly D December 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

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113 vickie couturier December 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm
114 latanya December 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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115 Cheryl Christian December 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Three Cheese Bread…YUM

116 Cheryl Christian December 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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117 Cheryl Christian December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm
118 Cindi December 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I adore their baguettes…
Great giveaway!
Thanks, Cindi

119 Cindi December 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I am a follower of your email newsletter
subscriber feed…
Again, many thanks to you!
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120 Cindi December 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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121 sara December 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

We love their asiago bagels. My son takes them for lunch everyday!

122 Rachel V December 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I like the cinnamon swirl bread.

123 purplelarkspur December 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I like the sourdough.

124 purplelarkspur December 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm
125 purplelarkspur December 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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126 Sandra K321 December 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

The 3 cheese artisan bread.

127 Sandra K321 December 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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128 Donna C. December 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm

my favorite item is the cinnamon crunch bagels They are addicting

129 Donna C. December 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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130 Donna C. December 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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131 Sarah L January 1, 2013 at 12:33 am
132 Jackie January 1, 2013 at 12:35 am
133 Lizzy January 1, 2013 at 8:54 am
134 vickie couturier January 1, 2013 at 10:34 am
135 Rachel January 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

I love the Asiago Cheese bagels

136 Rachel January 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

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137 Rachel January 1, 2013 at 11:12 am
138 Stacy O January 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I like the chocolate chip bagels and the cinnamon crunch bagel-like items.

139 Christie January 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm
140 Elena January 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Cinnamon Swirl & Raisin Bagels

141 Elena January 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm
142 Michelle Tucker January 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I like the Focaccia.
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143 Michelle Tucker January 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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144 Michelle Tucker January 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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145 Susan C January 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love, love, love the Asiago Cheese Bread.

146 Wanda McHenry January 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm
147 Valerie C. January 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I love the bread they give you on the side. I always ask for extra. I think it’s baguette. I eat a lot of these :)

148 Beth @ TheAngelForever January 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I have never had bread that I do not like at Panera, but love their bread bowls for soup. Ultimate cold weather and comfort food to have for lunch or dinner.

149 Beth @ TheAngelForever January 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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150 Valerie C. January 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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151 Beth @ TheAngelForever January 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm
152 Melissa January 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Tomato Basil Bread!

153 Valerie C. January 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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154 Melissa January 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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155 Melissa January 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm
156 Tabathia B January 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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157 Tabathia B January 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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158 Tabathia B January 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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159 Teresa Young January 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm
160 Jennifer Marie January 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm
161 Cassie January 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

their Asiago Foccacia.

162 Cassie January 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm
163 Joyce Harrell January 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

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164 Joyce Harrell January 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

We love the asiago cheese bread

165 Heather Swarthout January 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks for the tips on the leftovers! Never knew how to do the croutons, definitely will be using that now. I have none in the house so obviously that doesn’t help my cause, and I can’t eat salad without croutons. This post helped out alot! :)

166 Jane m January 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Great ideas for leftover breads & rolls plus win a Panera Gift Card http://www.robynsonlineworld.com/2012/12/ideas-for-leftover-bread-panera-giveaway/ via @RobynsWorld
One of my sons snacks on croutons like other peeps eat chips, now I can make them for him. TY for the tip.

167 misses giveaways January 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I love Panera

168 Allison Minnefield-Black January 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Excellent Idea! I will have to try sometime

169 Wendy T January 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I love Panera. The price, the food and the comfort. It’s all good.

170 Grant January 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I’m hoping to win the gift card!

171 Kirsten Harden January 3, 2013 at 12:47 am

This is great, you always have that bit of something leftover, I never thought about making a crostini. Also, I like panera cookies.

172 Mary January 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

You missed Bread Pudding. Everyone I know uses the left over bread to make bread pudding which is one of my favs

173 len merriman January 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

like the freeze idea, gonna try that one :)

174 Jimmy January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I usually get the turkey on country sandwich. Their country bread is very good.

175 Kelly January 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Favorite bread item is their chocolate croissants which are so yummy! Does that count as bread? Haha

176 Chris January 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Our family’s favorite bread is the french baguette. The crackle that the crust makes and how it is almost stretchy inside is amazing. I have tried to recreate the recipe many times but never even came close!

177 Donna January 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

I eat croutons all the time but never thought of making them. I definitely will try the above recipe

178 Jenny D January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I will definitely have to try those croutons, so easy!

179 Emily Thomas January 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I love their soudough rolls! They are SO good!!

180 Katherine January 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I love this, I never thought about using left over bead. I just trow it away. Its funny that i read this because I have a bag of bread sitting here from news years

181 Julie January 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Panera is such a huge help for me. I’ve found it so helpful for school activities. My daughters did gymnastics and tennis and bagels were always a big thing for their team. I want to try that crouton trick!

182 Ciara H January 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I love sour dough bread bowls

183 Ben Sorrells January 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

We use our leftover bread for bread pudding and baked pineapple. Depending on what bread it is we make a grilled sweet bread breakfast. (Especially banana bread or rye)

184 Linda January 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Never heard of crostini before but sounds really good

185 Marina January 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I always have way too much bread left around. This is a great idea…besides bread crumbs :)

186 chesca January 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Wish I had seen this post before today. I just threw away a bunch of french bread lefotover from new years. :( I always dislike throwing away food.

187 chesca January 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

btw my favorite panera bread is their baguette :) i ate tons of it while prego.

188 Steva Spottswood January 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

French Croissant

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