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on October 25, 2021
last updated August 9, 2022
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12+ 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!
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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. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Vegan Bread Pudding
  2. Easy Egg White French Toast
  3. Baileys French Toast with Baileys Chocolate Drizzle
  4. Everything Bagel Stuffing
  5. Savory French Toast Casserole with Chives
  6. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast
  7. Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Panzanella
  8. Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
  9. Easy Sourdough French Toast
  10. Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
  11. Epic Oreo French Toast
  12. Honey Matcha French Toast


1. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Vegan Bread Pudding

slice of vegan bread pudding on a plate with knife in front

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Vegan Bread Pudding

This vegan bread pudding will absolutely melt in your mouth! Simple and so delicious, this dessert recipe is the perfect way to salvage your stale bread.
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2. Easy Egg White French Toast

Easy Egg White French Toast Stacked on Two Plates

Easy Egg White French Toast

Who needs the yolks? The addition of cinnamon and brown sugar gives you perfect caramelization on this Egg White French Toast.
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3. Baileys French Toast with Baileys Chocolate Drizzle

stack of french toast with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and raspberries

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.
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4. Everything Bagel Stuffing

everything bagel stuffing in a casserole dish garnished with rosemary and thyme

Baked 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!
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5. Savory French Toast Casserole with Chives

Piece of French Toast Casserole with Chives on a salad plate with a fork

Savory French Toast Casserole with Chives

This Savory French Toast Casserole is the most cheesy, buttery, and delicious solution to your stale bread problem!
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6. Crispy Captain Crunch French Toast

close up of stack of Captain Crunch French Toast

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.
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7. Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Panzanella

platter of vegan panzanella

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!
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8. Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

This Caprese Bruschetta relies on simple, fresh ingredients that come together harmoniously to give you a perfectly balanced bite!
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9. Easy Sourdough French Toast

stack of french toast with butter on top and syrup being drizzled on

Easy Sourdough French Toast

This Sourdough French Toast is a fun twist on a classic, with the subtle sourness adding a delicious contrast to the otherwise sweet treat.
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10. Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

slice of bread pudding next to a glass of bourbon

Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

This Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce transforms day-old bread into a sweet and moist, bourbon-forward dessert that absolutely melts in your mouth!
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11. Epic Oreo French Toast

dripping cream cheese drizzle on a stack of french toast

Epic Oreo French Toast

This next-level Oreo French Toast is outrageously delicious with a soft center and crispy cookie outer crunch.
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12. Honey Matcha French Toast

Platter of slices of matcha french toast garnished with edible rose petals

Honey Matcha French Toast

This Matcha French Toast is fluffy on the inside and buttery and crispy on the outside, with a flavor punch of green tea and honey.
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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.

stack of french toast with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and raspberries

12+ Stale Bread Recipes, Including Baileys French Toast

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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

Baileys French Toast

  • 1 large egg
  • cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter for frying
  • 4 slices of stale bread, brioche or challah

Baileys Chocolate Drizzle (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

Optional Toppings

  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream

Instructions
 

Baileys French Toast

  • 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.

Baileys Chocolate Drizzle (Optional)

  • Melt dark chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until fully melted.
  • Allow the melted chocolate to cool for 1-2 minutes before adding Baileys and whisking until combined.
  • Pour over warm Baileys French Toast and add whipped cream and fresh berries. Enjoy hot.

Pro Tips

  • Baileys Almande works great in this recipe as well!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Baileys, Chocolate, Stale Bread Recipes, Waste Reduction, Winter
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