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Monday, March 18, 2013


Make a loaf of yeast bread with spelt flour. When completely cool, slice it then cut each slice into cubes or sticks about 1/2 to 1" wide, spread out on cookie sheet to dry into crispy bread pieces. Be sure to turn the pieces every so often.

Learning how to oven dry bread is a useful task that can help you prepare the key ingredient for many recipes. Stuffing tastes great made from dried bread cubes fresh out of the oven and are a great alternative to the pre-packaged kind from a grocery store. Bread crumbs made from mashing up bread you dried yourself will make tasty coatings for fried chicken or fish, or can be used in meat loaf or salmon cakes. Bread pudding will have rich flavor and texture with fresh oven dried bread as the key ingredient. Oven drying bread will also save money by using an ingredient you already have in your home, and will also cut back on waste by using bread that might be getting stale. This simple task is easy to learn with a few simple steps.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Cut sliced bread into desired size pieces & place the pieces on baking sheet. Then turn your preheated oven back to 200 degrees F. Put the baking sheet with the bread pieces in the oven for about 10 minutes. Stir the bread cubes after 10 minutes to see if they are thoroughly dried. (Bread is completely dried when it is crunchy and slightly golden brown. If your bread cubes are not dried after 10 minutes, return them to the oven for up to 30 minutes. Be sure to keep a close eye on them so they don't burn.)

Remove your dried bread from the oven when it is thoroughly dry. Set your oven-dried bread aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.

Whatever method you choose, your bread pieces are now ready to be used in your favorite recipe. For dishes that require dried bread to be crumbled, put them in a food processor or blender. You can also use a grater, or put the dried cubes in folded wax paper and mash them with a rolling pin.

NOTE: For a perfect "lightly sweetened" snack, all you need to do is toss these white spelt bread sticks or cubes with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar. Delicious!

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