Eventually, though, all those odds and ends get to be just too much and it comes time for a purge. When it's a more "savoury" ingredient like legumes or grains, a pot of soup can eat up the majority of them in quick order. Bread is almost never left behind in this household, but turns into stuffing cubes for the next roast turkey dinner, while bones and veggie scraps turn into containers of stock. When it comes to the sweeter things though, or the "middle ground" items that can go either way, coming up with an adequate use for all of them within as few recipes as possible becomes a bit more challenging. The last "pantry purge" of mine landed me with bulgur, orange juice and Craisins - all suitable for a breakfast hot cereal or dinner pilaf, but since nobody here was in the mood for those I reverted to my fallback - a loaf of bread.
I think of bread as the "catch all" of the baking pantry. It's hard to think of something that can't fit one way or another into a loaf of yeasted goodness, and these ingredients were (in the grand scheme of things) fairly easy to incorporate. The resulting loaf has just enough grainy texture and fruity flavour to play nicely with the pops of dried fruit, and makes excellent French toast as well as a great accompaniment to spicy soup or grilled chicken.
This month our #RecipeRedux group is raiding the pantry, cupboards, freezer, and fridge for the hidden or forgotten treasures we bury. What ‘treasures’ have you found recently in your home, and what do you do with them? Let me know in the comments and be sure to check out all the treats below!