The sliced stuff

Stonefruits summer pudding hero

Apparently it's 50 years since sliced bread hit supermarket shelves across the UK and our lives changed forever. Sliced bread has become part of our staple diet and nothing could be easier than nipping to the shops to pick up a loaf.

That said, you don't have to eat the sliced stuff. With bread makers becoming part of the kitchen furniture all over the UK it's becoming simpler to whip up a loaf in your own kitchen. Irish Wheaten Bread is a rough, malty bread that's perfect in the morning with jam or great for dunking in your soup. Or, if you can't have gluten Gluten-free Walnut Bread is so good you won't be able to tell the difference.

If you are partial to a slice or two of your supermarket's finest there's a lot more you can do with it than just pop it in the toaster. Vanilla French Toast with Rhubarb elevates the humble slice to something decadent and is a seriously delicious breakfast dish. Enjoy as a lazy brunch with the paper and a good cup of coffee.

If you get to mid-week and there's no time to shop, let alone have a few precious minutes to yourself, save a few slices and use them up in a one dish Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding and you might be able to sneak in a cup of tea and a sit down.

At the weekend the pace of life slows down and precious sleep is caught up on. If you've got guests for dinner finish off with a Stonefruit Summer Pudding: one of the most quintessentially British puds. It's a fab way to use up any stale bread you have in the breadbin and looks spectacular.

If those recipes aren't the best thing since sliced bread (ahem) we don't know what is!

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