Oh crap! I burned the bread….again!

Burned Bread

What do you do if you burn the bread?

This is always the last thing you do and it inevitably falls with all the other last-minute things you have to do to put the meal on the table. I recently had a group of folks over for a potluck dinner. I provided the appetizer, main course, a dessert, wine and …. the bread. Everyone else brought a salad, side or dessert. These potluck meals are my favorite and this group of folks is the absolute best at them!

Well, I was getting everything ready for buffet style service and put the bread in the oven right before I started to carve the lamb. I always forget about the bread. Sometimes I forget to cook it, sometimes I forget to put it on the table and sometimes I forget to take it out of the oven. I know this about myself yet I still make these mistakes. Crazy! This night, I set the timer for 2 minutes but was too lazy to move the top rack of the oven down a notch. At about 1 minute 45 seconds, I smelled it. Yikes! And everyone was in my kitchen. No way to hide this mistake.

Crazy thing was – I must have had 4 people out of the 10 tell me that burned bread was their favorite. I tried to throw them away but they wouldn’t let me. So, I got the least burned ones and put them in the bread basket. Yet, I still found a couple of folks getting the really burned ones I left on the baking sheet.

My lesson – own up to your mistakes, let folks know, you may be surprised at the results.

Top 3 tips to not burn your bread:

1. Don’t wait until the last-minute – who says bread is only good if it is perfectly hot.
2. Assign someone to watch the bread – there is always someone in your kitchen during a party (if not everyone). Ask one of them to be the guard.
3. Pray!

What to do if you burn the bread:

1. Use a knife and scrape off the black parts over the sink or garbage can. This is messy and takes a couple of minutes but very effective.
2. Cut off the edges like you would a child’s PB&J crust.
3. Serve it anyway and let people know you messed up. Let them know to eat it only if they like it that way.


  1. Tina Sandoval says:

    Ahhhhh….I can so relate! I’ve burned the bread more times than I like to admit…lol!

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