REVIVING A LOAF FOR FRESH EATING
The Oven Method
Splash some water over the top of your bread, just enough to become slightly damp. Place the loaf in a 250°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Watch it closely and remove it when warm. Too long in the oven and you’ll get dried-out toast.
The Microwave Method
Wrap a damp towel around the bread and place on a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 10 seconds. Check that the loaf is warm and soft; if not, repeat.
RECIPES USING STALE BREAD
Panzanella is an Italian bread salad that utilizes stale bread as an ingredient in an otherwise fairly ordinary salad. The dried-out bread is perfect for sopping up the flavorful ingredients and dressing in the salad, giving you a flavorful, fresh way to use up that stale sourdough. Sourdough Panzanella with fresh summer vegetables and herbs.
French Toast is a familiar breakfast favorite made even better when stale bread is used. The dried-out bread soaks up the custard mixture and any flavors added to it.
Bruschetta. Slice the bread thickly. Toast lightly and while it’s still warm, rub with a halved garlic clove. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with your favorite fresh salsa, salad, or condiment.
Bread Pudding can be made savory or sweet. The dry bread soaks up this rich, flavorful custard and bakes into a delicious meal. Use leftover sourdough in savory Bread Pudding with Gruyere.
Breakfast Strata uses bread as more of an accompaniment to the eggs it contains, rather than as the major component of the dish, as in bread pudding. Overnight Sourdough Breakfast Strata and Sourdough-Ricotta-Blueberry Strata are two delicious examples!
Stuffing is perhaps the most common use for stale bread cubes, for a good reason! No need to wait for the holidays to try our amazingly tasty gluten-free sourdough stuffing.
Croutons are crunchy additions to salads and soups, made by simply coating cubes of dry bread in butter or olive oil and baking. Using sourdough bread adds a depth of flavor to croutons that yeast-leavened white bread just cannot produce.
RECIPES USING STALE BREAD CRUMBS
Once a loaf of bread is dry enough, it can be ground up to make homemade bread crumbs. If the bread is not quite dry enough, put it in a low oven until completely dry. Grind in a food processor to make homemade sourdough bread crumbs. Use the crumbs in these delicious recipes:
Other recipes, such as Mexican Piedras or Bavarian Bread Dumplings call for bread crumbs. Using sourdough bread crumbs adds impressive flavor.