Bread crumbs are a valuable pantry ingredient, whether in their fresh form or dried for more extended storage. Here you will find it easy to make bread crumbs and some tricks for its storage. Keep both white and whole-wheat breadcrumbs for use in stuffings, coatings, or toppings. Breadcrumbs add texture and interest to both sweet and savory dishes.
Making Dry Bread Crumbs
Dry leftover bread to make into breadcrumbs. Arrange slices on a baking sheet, and bake at 300°F(150°C) or until completely dry and lightly browned. Place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
Seasoning Bread Crumbs
Add seasonings to fresh or dried breadcrumbs to coat fish and chicken, or to use as toppings for baked and grilled dishes. Stir in crumbled dried herbs, finely grated Parmesan cheese, spices, salt, and pepper to taste.
Making and Storing Bread Crumbs
Cakes and Muffins
Most people enjoy eating cakes, whether their choice is a simple cupcake or a luxurious layer cake. The very many different kinds of cake present a range of storage problems. The longest-keeping cakes are rich fruit cakes and sponge cakes made with honey. Most cakes freeze well.
Storing and Using Cakes
Storing Cake Slices
When freezing a large cake, cut it into slices before freezing, and interleave each slice with a piece of waxed paper. Reassemble the cake, and freeze as usual. You can then remove as many slices as you need without thawing the whole cake first.
If muffins or cupcakes have become a little dry in storage, refresh them by brushing with milk and placing them in a warm oven for 6-8 minutes, or until warmed thoroughly. If they are very dry, dip them in milk before placing them in the oven.
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