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Jun 7, 2012 07:47 PM

so, what to do with an awful loaf of bread that didn't rise?

So I am the unfortunate owner of a horrid, flat loaf of sourdough rye.

My first choice is an odd sounding soup in a czech cookbook. Basically it involves boiling a loaf of stale rye which a bit of seasonings. then an egg yolk or sour cream. then adding sausage, bacon what have you.

Even as a student of central european cookery, I am dubious. Here is a picture.

My second choice is a treat for my dog. Frankly, this might be the better way to go. Right now I am out just some flour. Do I really want to invest a half teaspoon of caraway at this point??

Any other ideas?

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  1. If you have either a dog or wild animals outside your home, try cutting it up into Milk Bone-sized chunks, and either feeding the pets or setting it outside away from your house for the wild animals. I live in javelina territory, and they really love pumpkins and related yellow winter squash, so in my 'hood we dump the Halloween jack o' lanterns in the wash near where the piggies live, as sort of an annual offering. In other words, if you have a local population of wild animals that you can feed without causing bedlam to your neighborhood, feed 'em.

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    1. re: EWSflash

      Javelinas are piccaries. They are not pigs.

    2. Well, the recipe calls for older bread - not a failed loaf. So if you tried it you might simply exacerbate your disappointment. Dry it out, crumble it up and feed it to the birds. They'll love it.

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      1. re: todao

        it is boiled into mush. you think it makes a difference that the bread didn't rise??

      2. Croutons or ... bread pudding.

        1. Sorry, bird food. There's an expression about throwing good money after bad. I've been there more than once in cooking errors, and I wish I'd cut my losses.

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                Bring it to the office and be the butt of all door-stop jokes for the next four -- oops -- five years...