Here’s how to make homemade crispbreads. A great way to save money and use up every scrap of a loaf of bread. And of course, this is a very old method of preserving food for later.
I hate wasting food. I make mini pots of jam from a few berries lurking in the fridge, no wrinkled pepper is safe from the preserving pan and those browning bananas just have to be cake!
But what of the really basic stuff, bread. While my sheep love to nibble on the odd slice and the chickens will fairly dance for a few crumbs, I do like to use as much of it in the house as possible.
We love sourdough bread and find it lasts longer than most loaves in our trusty old bread box.
However even it has to give up the ghost eventually.
While I make breadcrumbs and stock the freezer with bags ready for coating fish and chicken I also make these simple homemade crispbreads, dried slices or toasts and keep them in a jar.
Forget the diet industry sort of crispbreads. This dried out bread (which is what crispbread is) dates back centuries as a way to preserve bread for later use.
These homemade crispbreads are just like those French-style crispbreads that used to be really popular back in the eighties and are still very common in France.
While you can buy them in the supermarket it is super easy to make your own and a great way to use up aging bread.
How to make homemade crispbreads
I make my crispbread just by slicing my favourite bread into 1cm/1/2″ pieces and laying them out on a wire rack.
Pop this into the oven at the lowest setting and leave for an hour to dry out completely. For me this means the coolest oven on the aga.
After that the toasts are crisp and completely dried out let them cool completely and store in an airtight container.
How long does crispbread keep
They will keep for months in an airtight container. As long as you have removed all the mosir#ture from the bread in the drying process they will be good for up to 3 months.
How to serve crispbreads
They are perfect with jam or cheese or just to crumble into a nice bowl of soup at lunch time.
You can also crumble them (put in a bag and bash with rolling pin) to make a breadcrumb coating for fish, chicken and veggies.
Hardly a recipe really, but a good larder standby that saves a few pennies now and then.
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How to Make Homemade Crispbreads
- slices of bread about 1cm thick
- preheat oven to it's lowest setting
- place the slices of bread on a wire rack and bake at the lowest setting until completely dry and crisp. The timing will depend on your oven.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight jar for up to 3 months.