Day-Old Bread Cubes

Some recipes call for day-old bread cubes. I'm not familiar with them. —L.D., Los Lunas, New Mexico

Day-old bread cubes are made from day-old bread that is sliced into cubes. They're easy to make. Start with a good-quality firm bread that is beginning to dry out—it will better absorb the liquid ingredients and seasonings. Using fresh bread can result in a stuffing that is overly moist and compact. However, if you do use fresh bread, you can successfully dry the cubes in the oven. For 3 cups of dry bread cubes, cut three to four slices of firm bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Spread in a single layer on a 15-inch x 10-inch x 1-inch baking pan. Bake at 300° for 10-12 minutes or until dry, stirring twice (bread cubes will continue to dry as they cool).