7 Things to Do with Stale Bread


  • Any old bread

7 Things to Do

Note: These preparations are for bread that is slightly stale —a day or two old. If your bread is rock hard, go right to the last idea.


Use bread to add consistency in many soup recipes, like Gazpacho.

French Toast

Who can resist waking up to a delicious breakfast of french toast and warm maple syrup.

Bread Pudding

Salty or sweet, bread pudding is always a crowd pleaser.

Bread and Chocolate

A great snack or an informal dessert that is especially good when made with a baguette. Top the bread with a piece of bittersweet chocolate, and toast it until it the bread is golden brown and the chocolate starts to melt. Drizzle with good extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt, and serve.


Dice day-old bread into large cubes, and combine it with enough extra-virgin olive oil that it’s coated but not saturated. Heat the oven to 375ºF, and toast the bread until it is dry and golden, about 15 minutes. For an extra twist, toss the croutons with a bit of pesto, cayenne, or sumac as soon as they come out of the oven.

Fresh Breadcrumbs

Tear the bread into big chunks, throw them in a food processor, and pulse until you have breadcrumbs. If you want dry breadcrumbs, toast the bread in a 375ºF oven for 10 minutes, or until it is dried out, prior to putting it in the food processor. You can store fresh breadcrumbs in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about 10 days.

Say Goodbye

If your bread is rock hard, there’s not much you can do. Ditch it.