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Jan 14, 2013 07:58 AM

What to do with a stale loaf of sourdough?

Bought a loaf a sourdough to make French toast this weekend that I never ended up making. Tried to see if I could make it today but it was just too stale. What can I make with the bread that's not breadcrumbs (already have a lot on hand)? If I made croutons, would they taste stale?

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  1. I would make bread pudding with a rum or bourbon sauce.

    However, I have to confess that the bread pudding is just a reason to make Rum Creme Anglaise, which to me is the goal. :-)

    1. Well, french toast and bread pudding are the obvious choices.

      But you might try a grilled cheese or patty melt type of sandwich as well. You'd be surprised how some butter and heat can really revivie a dead piece of bread.

      2 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        Grilled cheese! A lot of butter, a lot of cheese. Someone once told me to use mayo on the outside of the bread if its stale.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Bread pudding for sure. Or panini and grilled cheese.

        1. How about Pappa Al Pomodoro? Italian Tomato soup with bread. You should use good quality tomatoes like San Marzano for this:

          1. Crostini: Slice, brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with Kosher salt. Arrange on cookie sheet, and top with grated fresh parmesan cheese. Run under broiler until toasted, turn over, top other side with parmesan, and return to broiler to toast. Great plain as a side to go with salad or main course, or as base for bruschetta or similar hors d'oevre.