Sometimes white bread, while initially fine, after a few days becomes sticky inside as if its going back to a dough-state, though not quite. The taste also becomes odd. Does anyone understand what is happening ...? Heating/drying it in various ways does not help (e.g. steaming, microwave, toasting etc)

i think i have seen this happen only with the small bakery breads, not the mass market variety...


  • Very odd observation. Bread normally becomes stale, which is drier than fresh, not stickier. How do you store your bread? Could it be eaten up by mold? (But I can't imagine that a mold infestation strong enough to change the texture won't be recognized by sight and smell).
    – rumtscho
    Feb 18, 2014 at 12:17
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    Do you live in a humid area? Bread only dries out if the air is drier than the bread. Feb 18, 2014 at 21:36
  • I've observed the same thing. I do live in a humid area, but I'd expect the bread to become soft and chewy. However, it gets very sticky in some spots after 3 days or so. And toasting it just make the sticky spots a bit softer and even more sticky.
    – user1906
    Feb 25, 2014 at 23:41
  • How did you keep it? That essential information is missing from your question, edit it in.
    – user34961
    Apr 7, 2018 at 7:25

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This almost sounds like rope spoilage. From what I've read on various bread blogs, rope spores will cause a typical loaf of bread to deteriorate very quickly in exactly the manner you describe: the center becomes doughy and stretchy. My understanding is that the rope spores can contaminate kitchens and become a real problem for baked goods.

I had a hard time coming up with details on it, but you might want to check the following link for a picture and description:


I first read about rope spoilage years ago on a bread forum called The Fresh Loaf.

You may also want to check with your local agricultural extension service. There might be testing available.


Just experienced this for the first time after making our own bread for years. A 3 day old loaf became sticky to touch, the crumb coming away on fingers, almost impossible to slice as the blade drags through the crumb. I binned it to be on the safe side

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