Burnt Bread Powder

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 1/3 CUP


The fragrant charcoal-like dust in this clever morning mishap lends a nutty, smoky element to spice mixes and sauces, chicken, and roasted vegetables. Or do as we did, and mix it into ice cream. This recipe first appeared with the 2015 SAVEUR 100 item Burn Your Toast (on purpose).


  • 4 oz. bread, preferably yeast-risen with a hearty crust


Step 1

Slice bread about 1⁄4″ thick. Using a grill or broiler, toast bread, turning as needed, until evenly burnt, 4–6 minutes. Transfer bread to a baking sheet fitted with a rack; let sit overnight until completely dried out. Chop bread into 1⁄2″ pieces. Working in batches, grind into a powder using a spice grinder.

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