Seems my list of goodies to find is never ending… Panko Crumbs has been on the list since we were living in Mauritius! Moving swiftly along, it seems Port Elizabeth doesn’t stock them either. Fear not, as another trip was made to Johannesburg and the hunt of was on. There is a Chinese store in walking distance from the folks house so off Mom and I went and guess what the first thing is that we saw on entering the store…yip, you guessed it, PANKO CRUMBS! Now this is where the shocker came in, they were R60.00 for a mere 150g – you have got to be kidding me! Plan B will have to be put into action – homemade it is.
I understand that true Panko Crumbs are made using a baked crustless white bread and certain raising something or another but I think my attempt was more than satisfactory. The first thing I made were Panko prawns but alas never took a picture – sorry! They were SCRUMPTIOUS!
1 stale loaf government white bread
- Remove the crust from the entire loaf and discard or brush with olive oil, crushed garlic, parsley and salt and toast in the oven for a snack.
- Preheat the oven to 150°C.
- Cut the loaf into chunks and blitz in the food processesor or grate which is not as easy or quick.
- Spread the crumbs over a baking sheet (I divided the crumbs into 2 batches) and dry in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to brown or toast the crumbs. You just want them dehydrated.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Perfect for quick fixes – love panko crumbs 😀
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They are so much nicer than regular crumbs – the seem so much lighter. Have a happy day CCU. 🙂
Whenever I have some stale bread I also make my own.
Think I will be doing it a bit more often myself Sue. 🙂 xo
I love the SNACK idea.
Clearly I will have to make the prawns again to photograph for you. Have a super avie. 🙂
I love panko crumbs. They give such a lovely texture to crumbed goods. I just can’t believe that ridiculous price. Who would pay that? We only pay a few dollars here in Oz and that’s more than enough xx
I know, the price was most disturbing on my soul. Thankfully a loaf of bread give me quite a large amount. Have a super day Charlie. 🙂
I didn’t know what Panko was before I blogged. The things you learn !!
Amazing what we learn about something we know already know about “food”. Thinking I should make something again soon so I can show you a made dish. 🙂
Great idea! it’s not always easy to find Panko crumbs in Paris! Thank you!
Welcome and thanks for stopping by. This really is a great recipe to keep on hand. Have a lovely day Janinka. 🙂
Gee, Mandy, if you’re looking for a business to start, I think you should go into Panko bread crumb manufacturing. You could charge half the price and still make a fortune. Regardless, I use them all of the time. Sometimes, “normal” breadcrumbs create a thick, dense coating. Panko,on the other hand, gives a much lighter and crunchier coating. Thanks for showing us how to make them.
Hmm, not a bad idea John, they are super easy to make! Panko definitely are a nicer crumb to a normal breadcrumb. I love the light texture they produce. Have a super day John. 🙂
It looks like your attempt was a complete success and these would have so much more flavor than the store bought ones. I can’t believe how expensive those were! Good for you to adapt your own version!
Thanks Smidge! I am thrilled with my homemade Panko! 🙂 xo
Love this too Mandy! What a great idea and much better tasting than the packaged panko.
I wonder if there are preservatives and the like in the bought packages. 🙂
I never heard of these. Are they better than breadcrumbs… or a totally different ingredient?
Thanks for sharing 🙂
They are just a different type of bread crumb (a Japanese variant) which produce a much lighter and crispier result – they are fabulous! 🙂
This is so timely! I was looking for Panko today and couldn’t find it. Finally I went into a health food store and they had some but it was outrageously expensive so I still didn’t buy. Shoot, I’m gonna make my own now, thanks!
Love it when a plan comes together Betsy especially perfectly timed ones. Enjoy making your own Panko. have a super weekend. 🙂
Never would have thought about making my own panko…but at those prices I can see why you would! They look like they turned out great too!
I would much rather buy the “real” thing Kristy but this is a fabulous second best option. Have a great week. 🙂
Its pricey even in the states! I’ve always made my own bread crumbs, so I guess now I can make panko as well!! And besides, isn’t homemade always better 🙂
I wonder if it is so expensive because it is imported to us all? I do agree though, homemade is always much better. Have a super day SpiceGirl. 🙂