Cinnamon Crispy Toasts| How to Recycle a Day-Old Loaf of Homemade Bread

Cinnamon Crispy Toasts-Tasty way to recycle day-old homemade bread.

Have you ever noticed how fast homemade yeast bread goes stale?  When compared to store-bought bread, it makes one wonder what they put in it.   Back to homemade bread.  I have a great solution for whatever you don’t eat in the first 24 hours.  I did this with the Banana Yeast Braid with Dates I made in my bread machine, but it can be done with other un-sliced loaves, either plain or sweet.

Three reasons why you should try these:

1. It  makes the bread seem to go further when sliced thin.
2. Crispies last for days.
3. Each slice contains much fewer calories than a regular slice of bread and even less if you skip the butter and sugar on top.  (SKINNY SECRET)

DIRECTIONS:  Slice slightly stale loaf of bread (because it is firmer) as thin as you can.  Try for 1/8 inch.  Arrange on a cookie sheet.  Save time by using  a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper on the tray so you won’t have to wash it.

Spray each slice with one squirt of spray butter.  Sprinkle lightly with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. (You could start with 2 T. sugar mixed with 1/2 t. cardamom or cinnamon, but honestly, I just eyeball it.)  To make them really special, sprinkle with some sanding sugar (coarse texture). Bake at 325 degrees for about 15+ minutes.  The time will vary greatly depending on the thickness of each slice.  Some may be ready before others so keep an eye on them.  They should be dry, crisp and golden brown. Press on them with your finger. If they bounce back under pressure, they need a bit more time. It they start to get browner than golden, they are getting too done and will begin to taste a bit burned.

Want to know a secret?  I hid half of the banana yeast bread loaf just so I would have some to make these cinnamon crispy toasts.  They are as good as a cookie!

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Elisabeth August 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

Just made some, and they are yummy! What is the best way to store them?


Paula August 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

Hi Elisabeth, Freeze them in a plastic bag or container. If I didn’t put some in the freezer, I would eat them all in a day. 🙂


Julia August 6, 2011 at 1:30 am

My breads keep well in the fridge in a plastic container just made for bread, wrapped in grocery produce bags. I have the 12″ long narrow loaf pans, so this works out perfectly for storage. I always liked the bread I was getting from my Zojirushi but for the bottom few slices, and storage in the fridge was also a problem, and the slices SO large, so now I just use the dough cycle, shape my loaf and put it on the bottom shelf of my dish cabinet that has a fluorescent light attached on the underside and in 15 minutes I come back, turn the oven to 400 degrees, and return in another 15 minutes at most and put in the oven for 25 minutes and turns out just really great bread.


Paula August 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

Love my Zoji too Julia.


CherylK July 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

What a terrific idea! I am definitely going to try this. In fact, I have a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread in the freezer that my sister-in-law gave us. Hubby isn’t crazy about chocolate chips in his banana bread but I’ll bet he’d like it made into crispies! BTW, I came here via a tweet from Kalyn’s Kitchen!


Paula July 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hi Cheryl, These are addictive with a little cinnamon and sugar on them. Just warning you. 🙂


Jaeny May 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

For leftover breads, I put garlic spreads on them and toast them till their crisp for a good serving of garlic toasts. Everybody at home loves them, and no bread goes to waste. It’s both healthy and delicious.


Paula May 19, 2011 at 6:12 am

Jaeny, Why didn’t I think of this? Great idea! Have some bread in the freezer right now that would be perfect for this. Thanks so much for writing.


LWest April 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

I put a tsp. of lemon juice in all homemade bread recipes. It keeps it fluffier longer. I also slice and put in a container in the fridge. like this idea for a snack, especially since it’s sliced thin.


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