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7+ Stale Bread Recipes

By Marley Goldin
on October 25, 2021
5 from 1 vote

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Stale bread recipes to help you avoid food waste, including this decadent Bailey's French Toast that will completely change the way you see stale bread,
close up of everything bagels cut into cubes

Found yourself with some bread that’s gone stale? Have no fear! I have stale bread recipes for you that will make you glad you let your bread hang out too long.

From savory to sweet, these stale bread recipes give you endless options to turn that hardened bread into a delicacy, with simple ingredients and easy methods that won’t intimidate you in the least!

Green tip: Bread is one of the most wasted food products in the U.S. because of our tendency to throw it out as soon as it’s stale. Reduce your contribution to food waste by re-vamping your dry bread with some of these stale bread recipes!

As an environmental scientist, I’m always trying to keep the issue of food waste front of mind. These recipes are designed to bring new life into your stale bread. Not only do these recipes not require your bread to be fresh, they actually encourage you to use day-old!

Stale Bread Recipes

  1. Vegan Bread Pudding
  2. Baileys French Toast with Baileys Chocolate Drizzle
  3. Everything Bagel Stuffing
  4. Savory French Toast Casserole
  5. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast
  6. Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Panzanella
  7. Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
  8. Easy Sourdough French Toast


1. Vegan Bread Pudding

bread pudding in a casserole dish with gold serving spoon

Vegan Bread Pudding

This Vegan Bread Pudding is simple, sweet, and will absolutely melt in your mouth, making this treat the best way to salvage your stale bread!



2. Baileys French Toast with Baileys Chocolate Drizzle

a slice of French Toast with one forkful next to it

Baileys French Toast with Baileys Chocolate Drizzle

This Baileys French toast is pillowy on the inside, toasty on the outside, and has the option to add Baileys chocolate drizzle for the ultimate boozy brunch.



3. Everything Bagel Stuffing

thanksgiving stuffing made with everything bagels in a casserole dish with a serving spoon

Everything Bagel Stuffing

This unique take on a Thanksgiving classic makes this Everything Bagel Stuffing a delicious enough side dish to eat all year round!



4. Savory French Toast Casserole

Piece of Savory French Toast Casserole on a plate with chives on top and spilling off onto the plate

Savory French Toast Casserole

Recipe description



5. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

Portrait of Captain Crunch French Toast topped with strawberries pouring syrup on top

Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

Your favorite crunchy, sweet treat cereal makes the perfect coating for buttery brioche in this crispy pan-fried Captain Crunch French Toast.



6. Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Panzanella

close ups of stale bread salad

Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Panzanella

This vegan sheet pan Panzanella is the quickest, easiest, and most delicious way to breathe new life into your stale bread!



7. Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Close up of bruschetta with balsamic dripping down the bread

Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

This Caprese Bruschetta relies on simple, fresh ingredients (except for maybe the bread!) that come together harmoniously to give you the perfectly balanced bite!



8. Easy Sourdough French Toast

stack of sourdough french toast with syrup being poured on top

Easy Sourdough French Toast

Looking for that perfectly balanced show-stopper brunch? This Sourdough French toast recipe uses the subtle sour taste of your favorite bread to balance out the sweet finish to classic French toast, for an overall perfect-for-brunch bite!



I hope this list of Stale Bread Recipes encourages you to use up that stale bread rather than toss it! If you’re still not sure where to start, here is one of my most decadent recipes using day-old bread: Bailey’s French Toast.

7+ Stale Bread Recipes, Including Baileys French Toast

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

Stale bread recipes to help you avoid food waste, including this decadent Bailey’s French Toast that will completely change the way you see stale bread,

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter for frying

  • 4 slices of stale bread, brioche or challah


  • Optional Toppings
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream

Directions

  • Whisk together egg and Baileys in a shallow bowl until well combined.
  • Over medium heat, get a large frying pan hot. Add about 2 tablespoons of butter and allow it to melt, tilting the pan to coat it with melted butter.
  • One slice at a time, dip your bread into the egg and Baileys mixture, coating both sides fully.
  • Carefully lower your coated bread into the hot butter, allowing it to fry for about 2 minutes before flipping. Your french toast should be golden brown on both sides.
  • Repeat for all four slices of bread. Add more butter as needed—the pan should always be buttery to get your outer layer crispy.
  • Keep warm in the oven at 200°F until ready to serve.

Pro Tips

  • Baileys Almande works great in this recipe as well!

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