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What to do with a stale loaf of sourdough?

causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 07:58 AM

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. dave_c RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 08:16 AM

    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. ipsedixit RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 08:26 AM

      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.

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        cheesecake17 RE: ipsedixit Jan 14, 2013 08:28 AM

        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.

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          caitlink RE: cheesecake17 Jan 14, 2013 08:35 AM

          Bread pudding for sure. Or panini and grilled cheese.

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        Splendid Spatula RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 09:35 AM

        This was a crowd pleaser: http://www.marthastewart.com/952638/i...

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          Diane in Bexley RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 10:59 AM

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


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            masha RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 11:23 AM

            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.

            1. Midlife RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 05:01 PM

              We've been making croutons from stale sourdough for years

              1. pikawicca RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 05:06 PM

                Make a panade.

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                  LNG212 RE: pikawicca Jan 15, 2013 08:33 AM

                  Ditto. We like this one: http://relish.com/recipes/spinach-and... , but we prefer it with a heartier green like kale instead.

                2. Will Owen RE: causeimhungry Jan 14, 2013 05:15 PM

                  Don't most people use stale bread for French toast? It's not one of my favorite things - eggy and sweet doesn't really work for me - but it seems to me that's what you'd want to use.

                  Stale bread is pretty much what I'm used to, since the two of us don't eat that much, especially white bread, so to me most of any sourdough loaf is going to be toast or grilled cheese (or grilled SOMETHING) sandwiches. Then if I'm lucky enough to catch it before it molds I'll chop it up, bag it and freeze it for future stuffing use.

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                    LJS RE: causeimhungry Jan 15, 2013 10:30 AM

                    Try a savoury bread pudding (instead of sweet). The Portuguese are the best at this peasant-gourmet dish, IMHO and stick to fish, but you can experiment and decide what you like.

                    For example, tomorrow I am going to stretch a lovely little piece of smoked haddock by cutting up 1/2 loaf of stale home-made Buttermilk White bread.

                    I will soak the bread well in a mixture of 3-4 well-beaten eggs, 3 1/2 cups of milk, seasoned with salt and pepper and a dash of Worcestershire and tabasco. I will let it rest for an hour in a well-buttered casserole. I will cut up the haddock and add 1/2 cup of grated cheddar, 1 Tbsp of finely diced fresh dill and add (gently!) to bread mixture and bake at 350 for just under an hour (until totally set). Allow to cool slightly before serving with tomatoes tossed with fresh herbs, olive oil and lemon.

                    Savoury bread puddings are a great use for fresh herbs and leftover meats: sage and ground pork, summer savoury and poultry, rosemary and beef, cilantro and lamb, salmon and fennel fronds...you get the idea.

                    1. letsindulge RE: causeimhungry Jan 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                      Make panzanella (Italian Bread Salad). Soak in milk, and make meatballs.

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                          pikawicca RE: nomnomnoms Jan 15, 2013 03:47 PM

                          Difficult in the middle of winter.

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                            Westminstress RE: pikawicca Jan 16, 2013 04:51 PM

                            You could make a good winter panzanella with raw kale and roasted squash.

                        2. Jetgirly RE: causeimhungry Jan 16, 2013 06:37 PM

                          I would make some kind of breakfast casserole- roasted vegetables, cheese, cubed sourdough and egg whites.

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                            hrwise89 RE: causeimhungry Jan 19, 2013 09:39 PM

                            Look up Spanish garlic soup. Just garlic, broth, smoked paprika, s&p and some old bread. Very delicious. Probably even better with sourdough

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                              tastesgoodwhatisit RE: causeimhungry Jan 19, 2013 10:03 PM

                              French toast is best when made with stale bread, even really stale bread. Mix up your egg and milk, and soak the stale bread in it for a few minutes until it softens, and then cook.

                              Otherwise - bread pudding, crostini or brushetta variants, bread soup, breadcrumb dumplings.

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