Bread cake or Recycle cake as I call it since it is made with different types of leftover bread, is perfect to make after a party or dinner where you're left with a lot of leftover bread. The interesting thing about this cake is that according to the different breads that you use, you can always find a contrast of flavors ranging from sweet to salty from the nuts, carrots, dried fruit or herbs found in the bread. There is always a surprise when using various leftover breads.
The ingredients are simple: bread, milk, eggs, cheese, sugar, raisins, butter & vanilla.
There is always a special savour and aroma when tasting various flavors of leftover bread.
For example when you use breads that have fennel, caraway, oatmeal, rye and nuts it is a complete different flavor.
You don't need a mixer or anything just soak the bread in milk for about 10 minutes.
I love this cake! First because it is so easy to make, also the sweet & salty mix from the flavor of the cheese and raisins is something I could eat at any time, morning and night. You could be more creative and make it to your own liking by adding cranberries, figs or rosemary. If you like it sweeter change the milk for condensed milk, honey or syrup from a sugar cane. You could add a little rum and make it more exotic. For a glossy look you can add light caramel on the baking pan before adding the mixture to bake.
This ingredient list is just a guide, I usually cook it by eye without measurements, and like to do it in different molds: little one and big ones so I can share with my friends.
- leftover bread (the equivalent of two baguettes in pieces)
- 6 eggs
- 4 cups of milk
- 4 cups of grated cheese (white or yellow)
- 2 cups of raisins
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- additional milk for soaking the bread
Cut the bread into pieces and soak it all in a bowl with milk.
Mix the milk, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla and add the bread, cheese and raisins.
By now the mixture should look kind of thick. Put the batter into a mold previously buttered and bake for about an hour until it is golden on top, I use a toothpick to check if its done by inserting it into the center of the cake if it comes out clean without batter residue the cake is done.