Bread Matters Sadly I haven’t managed to make a perfect loaf in my pressure cooker – I can manage cornbread and Boston Brown Bread, but not a crusty loaf. I have heard tell of a version using a dry pressure cooker, but I haven’t experimented yet…. No, this is about stale bread and what to do with it. I don’t have a bread bin in my kitchen – no counter space – and I don’t even have one of those lined bread bags either. Instead, bread sits in a paper wrapping, which means it doesn’t go mouldy, but does go extremely hard. Brick hard. Bread knife glancing off it and doing you an injury hard. So I refresh stale bread quite a lot.
This has become my go-to method for reviving stale rolls. Previously, I had sprayed them with water and microwaved them, but those end up fairly leathery. I like the texture you get with steaming in the pressure cooker much better.
Love both these recipes. A bread pudding brunch “casserole” is a standby of mine and am very happy you crisp the bread for panzanella. I much prefer it to the soggy version. Pappa con pomadoro is another go to of mine.