How to Soften French Bread

Updated February 21, 2017

French bread, also known as a baguette, is a loaf of bread with a crusty outside and soft inside. It can be made into several things, such as garlic bread and sandwiches. The fresher the bread is, the softer it will be. But if you don't eat it within a few days, it will become stale. You can either make croutons or soften the bread to resemble the consistency it was the day you bought it.

Moisten a paper towel with water. Squeeze out the excess water.

Take the bread and wrap it in a paper towel.

Put the bread into the microwave. Place on a microwave-safe plate or dish.

Turn the microwave on high and set it for 10 to 20 seconds.

Remove the bread from the microwave.

Use immediately.

Pre-heat the oven to 176 degrees C.

Take a paper bag and place the bread inside. Be sure the paper bag completely covers the bread.

Dampen the paper bag slightly by brushing a small amount of water onto it with a pastry brush or crumpled paper towel.

Bake for about five minutes.

Remove the bread and serve immediately.


If you're softening stale bread, use it within 10 minutes of re-softening. Otherwise it will go back to its original condition.

Things You'll Need

  • French bread
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Paper bag
  • Oven
  • Microwave
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Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.