One of the wonderful people at the farmers market makes super bread! My favorites are her bacon-cheddar and her (as it happens, vegan) olive bread.
So I got some of the olive bread at the end of the season, and put it in the refrigerator so I could eat it a little at a time and make it last. But the time comes when bread becomes stale despite one’s best efforts and earnest wishes.
Do we throw that stale bread out?
Trick question, right?
I also had some leftover sauteed mushrooms and a tag end of cream, so I made this casserole.
Break the bread into chunks. If necessary, cut the stalest pieces with a honkin’ big serrated bread knife. Mix in the mushrooms.
Break an egg into a measuring cup and add cream or milk to equal 1/2 cup. Pour that over the bread. Let it sit overnight so the bread absorbs the liquid. Top it with cheese.
Bake it at 350F for 45 minutes to an hour. I cooked mine in my toaster oven, so I covered it with non-stick foil so the cheese wouldn’t burn.
A fitting end to a delicious bread.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a wonderful bread.