3 Stale Bread Poverty Breakfasts

In times of extreme poverty, nothing went to waste. Stale bread that is typically thrown out today was made into breakfasts that sustained and nourished through tough times. Here are 3 breakfasts that can be made using stale bread that were eaten during the Great Depression, WWII, and even by my father who grew up not having a dime.

3 Poverty Breakfasts with Stale Bread
1) Coffee Soup
2) Pane Cotto (steamed bread soup)
3) Homemade Cereal


  1. Real childhood memories there,- coffe soup was often on the breakfast table when I grew up in the fifties. My mother was very good at stretching our supplies, like most women at that time. 😊

    • Jaime

      March 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Yes, late forties and fifties was the era when my dad grew up and had coffee soup. I think it’s more memorable to us to hear the stories than it was to them who were likely sick of it lol

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