What to do with stale bread…

Nothing is worse than throwing out food! Okay, let’s be honest lots of things are worse, but I DO hate throwing out food… a LOT. It’s bad for the environment (due to the wasted fuel & energy) and a waste of money! This week my house had that delemma; I had way too much bread in my house. It was at the point where it was stale, but not moldy. Which led me to ask the question… what does one do with stale bread? My families “Something from Nothing” delicious decision, was to make bread pudding.

bread pudding

To make this amazingly moist bread pudding here is what you’re going to need:

  • about 6 slices of bread
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1 C Cream
  • 1/4 C brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Step 1 to the creating this bread pudding is to slice up the old bread. Ours was raisin challah, unsliced, cut up into large chunks. Of course this recipe can work with any bread. Since challah is already extremely rich (due to the extra eggs), it’s a great option to use. With the raisins it was even better because that meant that I didn’t have to add any extra raisins to the recipe. Put the bread chunks in a non-stick or oil sprayed oven safe dish.

uncooked bread pudding

Uncooked bread pudding ready for the oven

Next melt the butter and let the sugars dissolve. If it doesn’t do this, then put the mixture back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and whisk whisk whisk! After this, put in everything else on the recipe list and blend together. Put the mixture over top of your bread and let it soak in (about 10 minutes). Next put it in the oven set at 350F, for 30-40 minutes.

Once complete you will have mouth-watering bread pudding. Even better? No more useless bread lying around! Honestly, try it out! It’s a super easy recipe, tastes delicious & is pretty cheap considering we were originally going to throw out the bread. 

Cooked bread pudding


About Adi

A baker, a food scientist and an overall lover of new food creations

2 responses to “What to do with stale bread…

  1. Maris

    My Bread pudding is dry! I remember my Mom adding canned fruit to the reciepe. Would this help or is that just old fashioned!

    • Of course adding canned fruit to the recipe would make it more moist. I don’t think its old fashioned! What kind of canned fruit were you thinking of adding?
      Many others slice up an apple and add it to their bread pudding because it pairs well with the cinnamon.

      As far as your dryness issue, did you make sure all of your bread soaked up the wet mixture?
      Your bread should act like a sponge and absorb all of the other ingredients. If it doesn’t do this, it may turn out dryer near the top.

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