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KaimukiMan Dec 17, 2012 11:32 AM

On the way home from the grocery store i had to swerve and slam on the brakes to avoid a boy chasing a basket ball which had rolled into the street (chased by an adult - eyes wide with panic). The child and basketball both survived.

When I got home I found that 4 loaves of bread (on sale 2 loaves for 4.50) in the trunk had not survived. The other groceries had spilled on top of them mashing and mangling them. I saved about 1/3 of each loaf. The rest is pretty flattened, a bit torn, but the bags didn't puncture so the bread isn't dirty, and I hate throwing brand new food away. Any suggestions what to do with it? Would it make decent bread crumbs? Bread pudding?

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    CanadaGirl RE: KaimukiMan Dec 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    It will definitely make good bread crumbs. Bread pudding should be fine too.

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      foodieX2 RE: CanadaGirl Dec 17, 2012 11:43 AM


      French toast casserole would be good too, even with smashed torn bread

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        cheesecake17 RE: foodieX2 Dec 17, 2012 12:03 PM

        Or a savory version with spinach and eggs

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          foodieX2 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 17, 2012 12:21 PM


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      Bigley9 RE: KaimukiMan Dec 17, 2012 12:18 PM

      Strata, "Cheese, Bread and Egg" (Joy of Cooking), croutons come to mind. So does a memory of a pampered chef product that flattened the bread and turned it into turnovers, if the bread isn't too torn it would still work!

      1. KaimukiMan RE: KaimukiMan Dec 17, 2012 08:58 PM

        thanks all. i divided the really mangled and partially mangled, about 1/3 really and 2/3 partial. The totally mangled is gonna be meatloaf one of these days soon. The partially mangled will be "panini" style sandwiches, french toast, etc. Appreciate the input.

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          latindancer RE: KaimukiMan Dec 17, 2012 10:27 PM

          Strangely, the first thing that came to mind, after your very close call, would be to take all the bread and take a friend and feed it to the ducks.
          Everyone was so lucky.

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            jbsiegel RE: KaimukiMan Dec 18, 2012 11:23 AM

            Well...ask my kids, and it's just perfect to eat the way it is. They LOVE squished baked goods (as, I guess I'll admit it, do it LOL!)

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