Looking to use up a loaf of stale bread? Don't let your loaf go to waste with our clever recipes. Whizz stale bread in a food processor to make fresh breadcrumbs, or use some slices in a comforting bread and butter pudding served with ice cream on top.


Try baking a loaf of our easy sourdough bread with our expert guide on sourdough starter. Use up the discard with these inventive sourdough pancakes.

Easy stale bread recipes

Summer pudding

This quintessential British pud makes the most of seasonal berries. Enjoy cut into thick wedges, with plenty of whipped cream on the side.

A whole summer pudding with one slice taken out of it

Rhubarb and custard bread and butter pudding

Use up a brioche loaf with this creamy and moreish rhubarb and custard bread and butter pudding. This recipe is a glorious combination of two classic British puds. Buy the pinkest rhubarb you can for maximum colour pop.

Vibrant Rhubarb and Custard Bread and Butter Pudding served in a rectangle white dish on a grey wooden table

Courgette mac ‘n’ cheese with garlic sourdough crumbs

Make crispy garlic breadcrumbs using a quarter of a sourdough loaf. They make a great crunchy topping on a creamy macaroni and cheese.

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Chicken roasted on crunchy rosemary sourdough

Chunky slices of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken in this cosy recipe, soaking up all the delicious cooking juices. Perfect for Sunday lunch.

A golden roast chicken in a white baking dish

Boursin bagel bake

Raise your brunch game with our savoury take on a bread and butter pudding, layered with garlicky cheese and chunky pieces of ham.

Baked Bagels Recipe with Boursin

Pear and brioche bread and butter pudding

This pudding should be custardy rather than bready. You may need to push the brioche under the egg mixture at the start to make sure it's completely covered.

Bread and butter pudding in a baking dish topped with pears

Blackberry and croissant bread and butter pudding

Take your pudding to the next level with buttery croissants, blackberry jam and fresh blackberries. Stale croissants will soak up the creamy custard sauce.

Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe With Blackberries

Cauliflower and broccoli soup

Cosy, nourishing and packed with veg, this warming vegetarian soup recipe comes topped with golden sourdough croutons.

A bowl of broccoli soup with croutons on top


The best recipe for panzanella. This quick no-cook salad of ripe tomatoes and crunchy cucumber is a great way to use up stale bread for a midweek meal or lunch.


Cheese, onion and sriracha garlic bread

Do you love garlic bread and hot sauce? You'll love this cheesy combination of the two. This quick and easy veggie bread recipe is the perfect side to serve with your weekend comfort food.

Cheesy Garlic Bread with Sriracha Hot Sauce


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