16+ Stale Bread Recipes to Use It Up

When you live alone or have a small household, it can be tricky to eat an entire loaf of bread before it goes stale.

Certainly, you can freeze your bread if you’re proactive, and this is great. However, we don’t always think to freeze half a loaf of bread when we bring it home from the grocery store. The best solution for stale bread is to have some recipes lined up to create some comfort food.

This can increase your food wastage, and leave you feeling frustrated every time you have to throw a perfectly good loaf of bread away because you’ve not eaten it in time.

In this article, I will cover 16 stale bread recipes to help you use it up. So, next time your bread goes stale, you have plenty of ideas to work with instead of throwing it away!

Let’s begin.

Source: allrecipes

1. Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a classic dessert to whip up when you have stale bread.

Simply break up the bread into small pieces, before drizzling melted butter over them. Add raisins.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. 

Pour over bread, and lightly push down until the bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven at 350°F for 45 minutes! 

Serve with fresh cream, vanilla custard, or ice cream. Delicious!

Source: noshingwiththenolands

2. Leftover Bread Croutons 

Leftover bread croutons are a great way to use up any stale bread, and work great on top of any salad!

To start off, you will need to chop your stale bread into small cubes.

Next, lay your bread cubes out on a sided baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt, garlic, pepper, and herbs. 

Toss gently to coat evenly. Drizzle with olive oil again if needed. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp. 

If you have leftovers, you can always store them in a plastic zip bag in the freezer.

Source: thekitchn

3. Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

Panzanella is a classic Italian salad made out of bread, tomatoes, onions and other ingredients.

Start off by slicing the bread into cubes, and place them in the oven at 300°F.

Chop up the tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumber into small pieces. Slice the onion into thin slices and soak in a bowl of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Next, you need to make the vinaigrette. Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Combine the bread, vegetables, and vinaigrette in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Add basil and serve!

4. Italian Bread Crumbs

Italian bread crumbs are delicious to add to a variety of different recipes, including pastas, burgers, and schnitzels. If you’ve got stale bread, this recipe couldn’t be more perfect for Italian bread crumbs!

To make, Tear stale bread into large pieces and place them in a large food processor or blender. 

Add dried parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, along with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 

Process the bread until a fine crumbs form. 

Use the breadcrumbs immediately in a recipe or alternatively, you can store them in an airtight container in the freezer.

Source: food52

5. French Bread French Toast

If you’re looking for a sweet recipe to make with your leftover bread, this French bread French toast recipe is super yummy. 

Start by whisking milk, salt, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, rum and sugar until smooth. 

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Soak the bread slices in mixture until saturated. 

Cook bread on each side for a couple of minutes, until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar. For a really indulgent result, top with whipped cream!

Source: olivemagazine

6. Cheese, Onion, And Sriracha Garlic Bread

What better way to use up stale bread than to make cheese, onion, and sriracha garlic bread?

Place the butter, garlic, sriracha and spring onions into a food processor and pulse. 

Lay the bread on foil and chunkily slice at an angle.

Spread the butter mixture between each cut, then add a slice of mozzarella and a good pinch of cheddar inside each gap too. 

Wrap the bread up in some foil and bake on a baking sheet at 392°F for 15 minutes. 

Serve and enjoy!

Source: simplyrecipes

7. French Onion Soup

On a cold winter’s day, there isn’t much better than a warming bowl of French onion soup with cheesy toast.

Begin by caramelizing the onions before adding the minced garlic.

Next, you will need to deglaze the pan with vermouth or wine.

Add stock, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and lower the heat to maintain a low simmer.

Brush slices of stale bread with olive oil, and toast them in the oven at 450°F for 5 minutes.

Cover in Gruyere cheese. Serve the soup with cheesy toast on top!

Source: kristineskitchenblog

8. Baked French Toast Casserole

If you like French toast, you’re going to love this French toast recipe. It’s rich, yummy, and you’d never know it was made with leftover bread!

Begin by cutting the bread into cubes and place in a baking dish.

Make the custard by whisking eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together. Pour the custard over the bread evenly.

For the sugar topping, combine melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour the topping evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Source: howsweeteats

9. Herb Stuffing

This herb stuffing recipe takes any recipe to the next level, and couldn’t be easier to make with stale bread.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the bread in a large mixing bowl. 

Next, melt butter in a pan and saute onion, celery, and garlic in a pan. Cook until they soften, then stir in the safe, rosemary, and parsley.

Pour the onion celery mixture over the bread crumbs and toss well to coat. Whisk together the remaining 1 ½ cups stock and 2 eggs, pour over the bread crumbs and mix well. 

Bake the stuffing for 45 to 50 minutes.

Source: food

10. Bread Pudding Muffins 

Bread pudding muffins are another great sweet recipe for stale bread.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Break up the bread, reserving some cubes for later. Add milk and cream and let it stand.

Next, stir the mixture and let the liquid soak in. Stir in eggs, sugar, vanilla, brandy and butter.

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, then stir into wet ingredients. Add raisins and stir well to make a chunky butter. Stir in reserved bread cubes just to mix.

Fill each muffin cup and bake for 30 minutes.

Pair with a hot cup of tea!

Source: simplyrecipes

11. Bruschetta With Tomato And Basil

Bruschetta is absolutely delicious to make with stale bread, and couldn’t be simpler to throw together!

Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute, and peel the skin.

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Chop tomatoes, toss them with garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt and pepper. 

Toast the bread, brushing one side with olive oil and toasting for 5 to 6 minutes.

Top the bread with the tomato mixture and enjoy! Simple, but tasty.

Source: curiouscuisiniere

12. Apple Brown Betty

Packed full of flavor and warming spices, Apple brown Betty is a delicious dessert to try.

Crumble the bread into crumbs and place in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, toss the peeled and diced apples with the orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Place ⅓ of the bread crumbs in the dish, sprinkle with half of the apple mixture. Repeat this process.

Sprinkle water and butter over the dish and bake for 45 minutes at 375⁰F. .

Serve with whipped cream!

Source: cooking.nytimes

13. Ham And Cheese Savory Bread Pudding

This is another savory recipe for bread pudding that features ham, cheese, eggs, scallions, and spices. 

In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Whisk in half-and-half, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne and scallions. Pour mixture over cubes in a baking dish.

Sprinkle ham and cheese on top of mixture, and press down to make sure everything is submerged. Set the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet.

Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes.

Source: veggiesociety

14. Italian Bread Soup

This Italian bread soup recipe is packed full of flavor, and is super easy to make.

Add a splash of water and vegetable stock to a pan. Saute onions and red pepper flakes until translucent. Stir in the rosemary and garlic.

Crush San Marzano tomatoes, and add them with a bay leaf. Add vegetable stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.

Next, take your stale bread and char them on the griddle. Rub both sides of the bread with garlic. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. 

Tear the bruschetta and add them to the soup. Tasty!

Source: insidebrucrewlife

15. Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing muffins work brilliantly as a side dish for any kind of large roast.

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut up your bread into cubes and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Place the bread cubes in a large bowl.

Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.

Sauté the butter, onion, and celery until softened. Stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, and sage. Add the mix of vegetables to the bread cubes.

Whisk together the eggs and chicken broth. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and veggies. Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Stir in the fresh parsley.

Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin tins and bake.

Serve hot from the oven and enjoy!

Source: bbc.co.uk

16. Apple Charlotte 

Apple Charlotte is a beautiful dessert to enjoy with friends and family.

Melt butter and add sugar and apples over a medium heat. Put the lid on and cook over a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and cook until the apples still have a few chunks for texture. Add the apricot jam and let it cool.

Melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan. Cut the slices of bread in half, and then into strips, saving one piece for the base of the pudding basin and one for the lid. 

Dip each piece of bread into the melted butter and line a large pudding basin.

Once the pudding basin has been lined, you need to spoon in the apple purée and top with another round of bread that has been dipped in melted butter. 

Place in the oven and bake at 356°F for 30 minutes.

16+ Stale Bread Recipes (+Homemade Croutons)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 8 votes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 175 kcal


  • Cubed stale bread
  • Seasoning salt
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried basil thyme, and oregano


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lay the bread cubes onto a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil.
  • Season with all of the seasonings, tossing gently until they're evenly coated.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until crispy and golden.


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Calories: 175kcal
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