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Don’t Toss that Piece of Bread..Make a Cinnamon Sericaia

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Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread. Pablo Neruda

In Italy bread has a history of being something of value, so much so that an expression to describe a person that is ‘worth his weight in gold’ is to say that person is a ‘pezzo di pane’ or a piece of bread. No wonder titles of books like Il Bacio Del Pane and film titles like  Pane, Amore, e…  abound..making of bread, breaking bread with someone is love!

When you buy a loaf of crusty, artisan, hand made  bread think of all that went in to making that loaf..from the farmers that grow and harvest the wheat to the mill that grinds the wheat into a flour and then the person that kneads the bread and places it into the oven..

My philosophy is to never throw away a valuable piece of bread, as long as it is still use-able. I  make use of it in every way possible….

Here is a delicious way to use that leftover bread.. a  cake called Sericaia- a Portuguese dessert


5 slices of crusty Italian style bread (day old or put in toaster)

2 cups of milk

5 eggs

1 cinnamon stick

3/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Line a casserole dish with baking paper, Place in sliced bread, cover with some of the milk till saturated. Let rest for 30 minutes. In a pan bil milk with cinnamon stick. When boiling ,remove  cinnamon stick and remove  from heat and let cool.  Place eggs in a bowl with sugar and beat till frothy and well blended. Place in cooled milk mixture and pour over bread slices, Sprinkle cinnamon on top  andbake in oven preheated to 375  degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, preserves, or other topping.


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award winning Book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

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