Anyway, I took my sad looking chunk of bread, chucked it into the food processor to make rough crumbs and then put those into the oven to dry for a little before returning them to the food processor for another whiz. The result was a fine, almost flour-like consistency...Now, you see where I am going with this, don't you? The breadcrumbs are used to replace some of the flour in the recipe!
I was still a bit skeptical but must admit that I am very pleased with the fluffy & moist result that you can see in the picture below. The translated version of the recipe will soon appear under the recipes tab but for the German-speaking readers amongst you, please click here for a link to the original.
Mhmmm...I think you could replace the cherries and vanilla with apple & sultanas and cinnamon or maybe pineapple chunks and powdered ginger? Lots of yummy possibilities!
To me, this is the beauty of using up leftovers: creating something wonderful and new out of something that could have easily ended up as rubbish. On that note, one of the headlines in today's press was a report on food waste which states that 30 - 50% of the world's food gets wasted. Shocking and unacceptable! Please click here for a link to the report.
Cherry & Vanilla Breadcrumb Cake (makes one large loaf cake)
80g butter, 100g sugar, 3 egg whites & 3 egg yolks, 100g flour, 100g fine breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp milk, 2 tsp baking powder, some vanilla essence, 250g cherries (fresh or tinned)
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees (conventional oven) or 160 degrees for a fan oven
- Lightly oil a large loaf tin and dust with fine breadcrumbs
- Mix butter with sugar until creamy and stir in the egg yolks
- Add all the dry ingredients as well as the milk, vanilla essence and lastly the cherries - the dough will be quite stiff but fear not...
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff
- Fold the egg whites under the dough - this will now be a much softer consistency
- Spoon the mix into the prepared loaf tin
- Bake for ca. 50 minutes (my small loaf cake took only 35 minutes, so just keep checking by putting a skewer into the middle of the cake - if it comes out clean, the cake is done)
- Cool the cake on a wire rack and once cooled, lightly dust with icing sugar