Since school started two weeks ago, I’ve been a crazy woman in the kitchen. In my valiant attempt to continue to feed my family home cooked, healthy meals while getting kids to soccer, baseball and youth group, I’ve been employing my slow cooker and my bread machine a lot. The thing is, each time I make a dish in the slow cooker or bread in the bread machine, I always end up with leftovers. The fridge is full right now.


Yesterday, I took a look at three quarters of a loaf of three-day old cinnamon raisin bread that I had made with the bread machine, and I decided to see what could be done with it. It wasn’t so far gone yet that I couldn’t toast a slice and slather peanut butter on it, but I wanted to see what else I could find.

I’m always surprised, but I know I shouldn’t be, by how much money I save and how many fewer trips I make to the grocery store when I figure out how to use up all my leftovers creatively.

French Toast – You can probably already know how to make French toast out of leftover bread, but in case you’d like to see a recipe, Epicurious has one for you.

Raisin Bread Stuffing – When I first saw the title, I thought, “What would you serve raisin bread stuffing with?” Bread Machine Diva, the site where I found the recipe, had the answer. Pork roast. Sounds good to me.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding with Warm Bourbon Sauce – Group Recipes has this dessert that I think I’m going to have to try next time we have guests.

Grilled Cheese – The kitchn says that cinnamon raisin bread paired with sharp cheddar cheese is a nice combo. I’m a little skeptical, but I’ve also learned that sometimes foods I think will be horrible together end up being quite tasty.

Do you have any other ideas for cinnamon raisin bread that is past its prime? As you can see from the photo above, I went with the easy, obvious choice of French toast yesterday, but I’m glad I’ve found these other ideas for the future. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

What to do with leftover cinnamon raisin bread
After a day or two, homemade cinnamon raisin bread needs some help.