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Three Recipes for Leftover Sourdough Bread

sourdough bread pudding

If you’ve ever made a loaf of sourdough bread and ended up with some almost stale pieces, these three leftover sourdough bread recipes are for you! Each recipe is so easy and requires minimal prep work. And the result is absolutely delicious. From sweet to savory, it just goes to show how well sourdough bread can serve us and how you can make the most out of your loaf!

Recipe 1: Sourdough Bread Pudding

Sourdough bread pudding is a sweet dessert dish made by combining cut-up stale sourdough bread with eggs, sugar, milk, and spices. The mixture is then baked until golden and fluffy. It is sometimes topped with homemade syrup or cream and is best enjoyed right out of the oven. It is so rich and comforting, this is a great way to use leftover sourdough bread as the bread must be stale for this sweet treat! Brioche sourdough bread is the best bread to use for this dessert, but any sourdough bread will do.

sourdough bread pudding

How to make sourdough bread pudding

sourdough bread pudding ingredients

Ingredients & Equipments

  • 5-6 cups of stale sourdough bread cut into cubes
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
  • 1 9×13 baking dish
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease the baking dish with butter.
  2. Cut your bread into 1-inch cubes and spread it in the baking dish.
  3. Whisk together the milk, cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Then pour the mixture over the bread and let it soak for 10 minutes.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar and desired toppings and serve warm.
  7. Enjoy!

Align the bread in the dish, whisk together the ingredients, and pour over the bread

sourdough bread pudding

Recipe 2: Sourdough Grilled Sandwich

Sourdough grilled sandwiches are a great way to use leftover sourdough bread! The rich, tangy flavor pairs wonderfully with a wide range of fillings. From classic cheese and ham to more adventurous combinations like roasted vegetables or pulled pork. Grilling the sandwich gives the bread a crispy, golden-brown crust while melting the cheese and heating up the fillings, creating a comforting, satisfying meal that’s perfect for lunch or a quick dinner.

My favorite kind of sourdough grilled sandwich is tomato basil pesto with various fillings. I’ll be providing what I use, but you can use anything you’d like for this recipe!

sourdough grilled sandwiches

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 4 slices of leftover sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons of mayo
  • 1/4 cup of basil pesto sauce
  • 1/2 of tomato sliced
  • 3-5 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • ham or turkey (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium frying pan or skillet


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil on medium heat in your skillet.
  2. Spread the mayo on the outer part of the sourdough bread slices and fill your sandwich with the basil pesto sauce, tomato, mozzarella, and meat if using.
  3. Place the sandwiches in the pan and fry on each side for 3-5 minutes or until they start to brown.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Sourdough Grilled Sandwich

Recipe 3: Sourdough Bruschetta

Sourdough bruschetta is a delicious and great option for using up leftover sourdough bread. Firstly, sourdough bread pairs perfectly with the fresh, bright flavors of ripe tomatoes, fragrant basil, and garlic. The bread is toasted until crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside, providing the perfect texture to hold the juicy toppings. Bruschetta is also incredibly versatile, as it can be customized with different toppings, such as mozzarella, prosciutto, or olives, to suit your tastes. Sourdough bruschetta is a tasty and easy way to transform leftover bread into a satisfying appetizer or snack that’s bursting with flavor.

sourdough bruschetta

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 5-6 slices of leftover sourdough bread
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • large baking sheet & parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the sourdough bread into 1/2-inch thick pieces and place on the baking sheet.
  3. Then, brush each slice with olive oil and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Once the bread is done, spoon the tomato mixture onto each slice.
  6. Optional: top each with some fresh mozzarella.
sourdough bruschetta slices

Additional leftover sourdough bread recipes

  1. Check out my Homemade Sourdough Croutons recipe for another great way to use leftover sourdough bread.
  2. French toast: Turn your leftover sourdough bread into a delicious breakfast or brunch by making French toast. Dip slices of bread in a mixture of eggs, milk, and cinnamon, then fry until golden brown.
  3. Crostini: Cut the bread into thin slices, then toast and top with your favorite spreads, such as hummus, pesto, or tapenade.
  4. Bread crumbs: Pulse leftover bread in a food processor to make homemade bread crumbs, which can be used to coat chicken or fish, or as a topping for casseroles or gratins.
  5. Stuffing: Use leftover sourdough bread to make delicious stuffing for your next roast chicken or turkey. Combine with herbs, vegetables, and broth, then bake until golden brown.

Overall, there are so many ways to use your leftover sourdough bread to ensure nothing goes to waste! I hope you found this article helpful and if you tried any of these leftover sourdough bread recipes, let me know down below! Happy baking!

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  1. Mrs. Frechette Avatar
    Mrs. Frechette

    Wonderful ideas! Love the sandwiches! I love making them (meal prep) and putting them in the air fryer for a few minutes to heat! Keep the recipes coming!

    1. Oh such a good idea!! Air fryer comes in handy for these kinds of things!!