Torta di Pane – Stale Bread Cake

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I love bread, good bread I mean, but not always I can eat it all 🙂 not a problem, we always do breadcrumbs that we always need in the kitchen, but this is another good way to use old stale bread 🙂 actually it’s not a recipe, it’s one of those things that people in the past used to do by using what they had at home each time, so every family did it in different ways, and differently from time to time probably.

Very probably it was also not so rich of ingredients. But why not to make it even tastier 🙂

In my case I used a sourdough bread, made not with white flour. The right amount of milk may vary, depending from bread to bread and their capacity to absorb liquids, so you can play with it.

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INGREDIENTS (for a 26-28 cm cake):

  • 300 g of stale bread
  • 600 ml milk
  • 150-200 g dark chocolate (I use chocolate 70-75%)
  • 100 g almonds (or walnuts, pine nuts, or a mix)
  • 100 g raisins
  • 1 apple
  • 60-70 g of candied orange peel (or candied citron)
  • 6 cl grappa (I used palinka)
  • 2 eggs
  • a tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar


  1. First of all we have to cut the stale bread in pieces, and soak it with milk for a while, until it gets softer. In the same time take a bowl and soak the raisins into the grappa.
  2. When the bread is softer, you can break it in smaller pieces with hands. Someone like to reduce it almost like a cream, but I prefer to leave it in bigger pieces, I think it gives a better and more rustic texture to the cake.
  3. Now to the soaked bread add all the ingredients (the apple peeled and cut in small pieces, the chocolate cut with a knife in quite big pieces too, the almonds also cut with a knife, and the candied fruit too), and mix it well with hands.torta_di_pane (8)aa
  4. Take a high oven cake pan (greased with butter), pour everything inside and make it compact with your hands.
  5. Bake at 180 °C, static mode, for about 55-60 minutes.


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