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Use Your Loaf: Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Bread

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Use your loaf: leftover bread ideas

This week is Zero Waste Week (5th – 9th September 2022), aimed at raising awareness on how to reduce your household waste and challenging you to go zero waste for a full week.  This is a week that is close to our hearts  here at Baker Street, as we are all about reducing bread waste with our cleverly packed bread that lasts longer.

As a nation, we are no strangers to leftover bread, with over 20 million bread slices chucked away every day! That’s a whole lot of bread wasted.

Well, Baker Street is here to make sure no slice is left behind! With 10 super easy tips, tricks and recipes to help you use your loaf you can join us in in our goal to end bread waste. So even if you don’t think you could do a whole week completely zero waste, why not give zero bread waste for the full week a try, who knows, you may find some of these tips amd tricks become part of your day to day life beyond Zero Waste Week!

If you want to find out more about why we want to reduce bread waste and how we do it, check out our previous blog

10 Ways to Use Up Your Leftover Bread

  1. Garlic Bread

A super easy way to use your leftover bread is to make it into garlic bread! Simply cover your bread in garlic butter and parsley before popping into the oven until the edges are crispy.

Garlic Bread

We’ve used our Classic Hot Dog Rolls here but you can use this recipe on any leftover bread you have, from Burger Buns to Soft Rolls. We think this would be great served with some Spaghetti Bolognese!

  1. Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs is a great way of using up that leftover bread . All you need to do is tear your bread into pieces, pop into a food processor and whiz until you have breadcrumbs. If you want your breadcrumbs to be crispier, pop your bread in the oven on a low heat to dry out first before putting in the food processor.

Breaded Chicken Burgers

Once you’ve made your breadcrumbs, you can use them for several different things. Use them to coat chicken and fish before frying or baking them, as a bread crumb on top of macaroni cheese or a casserole, there are so many options!

  1. Bread and Butter Pudding

A classic British dessert, bread and butter puddings are a tasty way of using up any kind of bread you have, from hot dog rolls to sliced loaves. There are also lots of ways to mix up your bread and butter pudding, from the classic with fresh berries to a Chocolate and Coffee Bread and Butter Pudding.

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Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding
You can also try a savoury twist on this traditional dessert using cheese sauce, ham and chutney for a delicious tea for all the family.

  1. Mini Pizza Breads

Got some leftover burger buns after your family burger night and not sure how to use them? Turn them into mini pizza breads as a great snack or lunchtime treat for the kids.

Mini Pizza

Spread each side of the bun with tomato puree, top with some grated cheese and whatever toppings you fancy (we’ve made some fun pizza faces here!) and pop under the grill until the edges are crispy and the cheese is bubbling. So simple yet so yummy!

  1. Summer Pudding

Another classic British pud for you here, a summer pudding! You can make a traditional summer pudding, or why not try making these little summer pudding pots? All you need to do is soak your bread with the juice of your favourite berries before layering in individual pots with cream and fruit. Enjoy straightaway or leave to chill overnight.


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If you want to keep it more traditional with a classic summer pudding all you need to do is line a pudding basin or bowl lined with cling film with juiced-soaked bread (it is actually better if the bread is slightly stale) before filling with softened mixed berries and leaving to set for a few hours, or overnight, in the fridge. To serve it, put a serving plate upside down on top of the bowl or basin and flip over. Take off the basin or bowl for the big reveal of your summer pudding!

  1. Dessert Rolls

Ice Cream Rolls

Hot dog night left you with some spare hot dog rolls? No problem! Why not try using them to create some dessert rolls instead. There are endless ideas of what you can do with our Hot Dog Rolls but here are a couple of our favourites:

  • Quick and easy choccy eclairs, perfect as a mid-afternoon snack. Simply fill a Baker Street Classic Hot Dog Roll with cream and top with melted chocolate and enjoy with a nice cuppa.
  • Ice cream party rolls, filled with your favourite ice cream flavours and whatever toppings you fancy, from fruit to marshmallows to chocolate smarties, the more colourful the better we say!

Hot Dog Roll Eclairs

  1. Croutons

Homemade croutons are one of the easiest things to make and can be made with any leftover bread that you may have. All you have to do is dice up your bread and place it on a baking tray, drizzle over some olive oil or melted butter and then top with any seasonings you want. You could add garlic powder, Italian herbs, a bit of parmesan, whatever you fancy!


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Bake in the oven until the bread is brown and crispy and then serve with your favourite salad.

For another leftovers-inspired salad idea, why not try making a super simple Panzanella – take a look at our Instagram post below for how to make it.

  1. French Toast Skewers

These French toast skewers are a yummy breakfast treat and a great way to use up some slices of bread. Just make your French toast, cover in strawberry jam and cut into small squares. Layer up your skewers with the French toast squares and strawberries.

French Toast Skewers

We like to serve these with a small bowl of maple syrup for some extra sweetness, but they’re tasty without as well!

  1. Sausage Rolls

Got some spare slices of bread and don’t fancy using them for toast? Wrap them round some cooked sausages and fry in a bit of butter to make some really tasty and quick sausage rolls.

Sausage Rolls

  1. Savoury Bake

This savoury bake is a great way to use up any leftover bread you have, plus all that leftover veg in your fridge! Simply fill a dish with sliced loaf, any veg you have, cheese and maybe a sprinkle of herbs and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling. A quick an easy tea that’s also waste free!


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If you have any other ideas to use your loaf, let us know over on our socials @lovebakerstreet on Instagram and Facebook– we are always on the hunt for new and creative ideas to make sure no slice gets left behind!

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