How to Dry Out Bread

Don't Have Day Old Bread? Make It Yourself

Recently, I decided to try a recipe that called for day-old bread. I wanted to make the dish that night and headed to the grocery store hopeful that I could find a loaf of day-old bread. Although I was out of luck, I chatted with the baker about my dilemma. How could I turn new bread into stale bread? Here's what she told me to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the bread into 1/2-inch cubes. If your recipe calls for no crusts, remove them now.
  3. Place the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Do not season or coat with oil.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the bread cubes are toasted and dry, but not browned.

Use the dried out bread to make your recipe. This technique worked perfectly for me! How do you dry out bread?