Bought a fresh loaf and never got around to eating it. Now it's hard as a brick and I hate to throw it away.
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Bread crumbs. Zap them in a food processor.
bread pudding. cut into cubes or slices, soak in milk/egg overnight, bake and enjoy.
Sorry. Stupid iPad autocorrect. I meant "ribbolita"
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But you have to admit the lol factor of "robbolita"! In either spelling, great idea.
You might be able to use the bagel freshening technique --- not so that it's a fully functional baguette again, but may get to the point of being able to make the slices or cubes for bread pudding etc. If memory serves, a quick run under cold water, put in a paper bag, run in microwave a very short time, maybe 15 seconds. Anyone have the specifics?
Croutons. Slice (or hack depending on how hard) into bite-sized chunks. Toss with melted butter with garlic and herbs of choice. Bake on a baking sheet at 400 for 5 minutes, then check and stir, bake another 5-10 minutes (check to prevent burning). Remove from oven and cool. Transfer to airtight container. They keep for a long time. You can also freeze very successfully.
bread crumbs or Tuscan bread salad.
Pappa al pomodoro - an italian bread and tomato soup! http://www.jamieoliver...
Pain perdu - soak in egg and milk (can also add honey and/or orange zest) for 10 min or so and saute in butter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or syrup.