A day or so later I decided the bread needed to be made. So I searched recipes for bread pudding which is what one typically does with day-old bread. I wanted to make our recipe for pumpkin bread pudding that we did for Thanksgiving Testing 2011 but I didn't have pumpkin on hand and it wasn't time for shopping.
I ended up making a variety of Chocolate Bread Pudding from a recipe on Real Simple. I had all the ingredients but I had to cheat a little on the types of chocolate I used--I didn't have enough squares of semi sweet available. I actually skimped on the chocolate and it was still enough. I wish that this recipe had a dash of cinnamon or something to round out the flavor.
I also skimped on the soaking time and the weighing down the bread. I did this because I decided to make the dish at 8pm and didn't really want it around the next day. I brought the dish to work. It was completely gone by 5pm. I think that's a sign of either a good dish or a compelling idea that people though sounded good, tasted, and threw away. But I'll never know!
You should make this but follow the directions for soaking. Since I didn't I found that the middle of the bread was still white (it should be brown and covered in chocolate). I also found chocolate crusts on the top of the bread--as though I melted chocolate, let it harden, and spread it on top. On the other hand, the dish was still good so do whatever you want if you make it. I think I prefer bread pudding that isn't chocolate--believe it or not.