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Recycling Old Bread - Spelt Bread Rolls with Old Bread

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A downside of home-baked bread is that if you don't eat it or freeze it, then it will go stale through loss of moisture relatively quickly. And who likes stale bread? Not me. Freshly baked bread is a treasure, but a stale one is not a waste. You can easily revive them by misting the crust with some water and bake at 180C/350F for 10 minutes, or turning into one of my favourite kitchen staple - breadcrumbs (usign them to make meatloaf or meatballs), or turn them into a bread pudding or transform them into these fresh and delicious crusty rolls with this easy recipe from one of my favourite bakers Marcel Paa. The beauty is that because the leftovers are different, so every bread is amazingly versatile and has its own slightly different taste.


Recycling Old Bread - Spelt Bread Rolls with Old Bread

adapted from Marcel Paa
Old Bread SoakerDough
  • 100 g Stale dried bread (I used ciabatta)
  • 200 g Water
  • Old bread soaker
  • 350 g Spelt bread flour (Dinkel #1050)
  • 150 g Bread flour (German #1050)
  • 8 g Fresh yeast
  • 10 g Salt
  • 3 g Barley malt extract (or honey)
  • 30-50 g Sourdough, optional
  • 150-250 g Waster
  1. Pull apart or cut the old bread, pour the water over it and press the bread into the water. Then knead the whole thing with your hands and leave it to swell overnight in the fridge.
  2. Remove the old bread soaker from the fridge and allow it to acclimatise at room temperature for about 1-2 hours.
  3. Place the soaker in the bowl of your stand mixer with the remaining ingredients and knead on a low speed for 2-3 minutes. Increase the speed of the your mixer and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and leave to rest for 90 minutes at room temperature.
  5. In the meantime, stretch and fold the dough 1-2 times by pulling the dough up slightly on one side and place the dough on the opposite edge of the bowl. This works best if you dip your hands in a little water beforehand. Repeat this process from all four sides, cover the dough again and let it ferment for the rest of the time.
  6. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 10 portions, each about 100-105 grams. Shape each dough into a round, then roll each dough ball slightly elongated and place it seam side up on a towel dusted with flour. Draw a fold between the dough balls with the towel so that the shaped dough balls do not stick together and are somewhat supported. Cover and leave to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, place a tray for the steam at the bottom of oven and preheat the oven to 220C/ 430F.
  8. Place the dough balls seam side down on a lightly grease baking tray. Make a center cut lighthwise with a sharp knife.
  9. Place the baking tray in the middle of hot oven and pour a cup of water into the prepared tray at the bottom of the oven. Close the oven door immediately. Lower the oven temperature to 210C/410F and bake the bread rolls for 10 minutes.
  10. After 10 minutes, open the oven door briefly so that the steam can escape and then bake the rolls for a further 10-15 minutes until crispy. Cool the bread rolls on a wire rack.

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Balvinder 12/9/22 01:57

No one likes stale bread and gluten free bread gets stale very fast. So,I often use it in salads or in making french toast. But this one is very interesting recipe. Never knew you can remake the old bread into rolls.

Anonymous 12/9/22 02:16

Great tips to avoid wasting good bread ~Christine

J.P. Alexander 12/9/22 02:22

Buena opción para el pan duro. Yo cuando tengo pan que me sobra hago sopa de pan o bundines. Te mando un beso.

foodtravelandwine 12/9/22 03:41

As you do, I recycle every piece of bread!!....I make cookies with my breadcrumbs too.... your bread looks delicious!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

Nancy Chan 12/9/22 06:06

Thank you for this great tips to revive stale bread. They look just like new bread.

Veronica Lee 12/9/22 07:10

These are great tips, Angie.
Waste not!

Anonymous 12/9/22 12:46

I had no idea that you could remake stale bread. Wonderful information. Bernadette, New Classic Recipe

paola 12/9/22 15:02

Davvero una bella idea c, questi panini sono deliziosi!

Kitchen Riffs 12/9/22 15:12

Interesting! We freeze bread (there are only two of us, so we really have too), so we don't often have stale bread. And when we do, we can always use breadcrumbs! But this is an excellent idea -- thanks.

DEZMOND 12/9/22 15:19

That is very unusual. I do not throw away bread, I eat even a three day old bread as it is healthier eating it stale than fresh. I also make bread crumbs or just my favourite French toast, which is the only time when I eat eggs.

speedy70 12/9/22 19:54

Panini fantastici, complimenti!!!

Hena Tayeb 12/9/22 19:59

Wow.. I had no idea you could do that. Brilliant.

DeniseinVA 12/9/22 21:33

This is very clever, thank you for the great tips Angie :)

Cooking Julia 12/9/22 23:30

You're a real bread specialist!

Anonymous 12/9/22 23:39

Interesting idea Angie- We keep all of our bread frozen and only take out what we need. It's Judee

Jesse Gabriel 13/9/22 01:45

In Deutschland gibt es viele tolle Brot und Brötchen Rezepte mit alt Brot, es gibt ein besonderes Aroma.
Viele Grüße,
In Germany there are many great bread and roll recipes with old bread, it gives off a special aroma. Best regards, Jesse Gabriel

Anonymous 13/9/22 03:35

Thanks for sharing that great info!

Just seeing that bread, is now making me hungry!

Rose world 13/9/22 05:41

Never knew such thing as recycling old bread. Now I learn something new. I baked bread few things using bread maker. And true, must eat while they are warm . Otherwise it turned pretty hard and stale fast!! Can hit someone using that!! Lol.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 13/9/22 14:10

I love the tips for recycling old bread. I know that I don't like stale bread.

[Reply] 13/9/22 14:47

Very interesting! I have refreshed bread with water and heating in the oven, but wow, this is quite a technique!

Anonymous 13/9/22 15:07

That’s absolutely incredible! Who knew that this could be done! What a fabulous way to use stale bread! Will definitely give this a try next time I have stale bread.

Rainbow Evening 13/9/22 15:35

you always have good ideas ....
love bread

Kelly | Foodtasia 13/9/22 18:39

What a clever way to use up old bread!

Pam 13/9/22 18:49

You seriously should open a bakery! The spelt bread rolls look perfect.

Muriel 13/9/22 20:13

Cette recette anti-gaspi a tout pour me plaire !

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida 13/9/22 21:16

I had NO IDEA! What a fascinating post.

savorthebest 13/9/22 22:00

These rolls look perfect Angie. I bet they are so delicious

2pots2cook 14/9/22 10:28

Now, this is what I call perfect budget friendly food !!!!!!

bread&salt 17/9/22 14:59

WoW what a great idea! It sounds really good. Thanks for the recipe.


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