Known for its thick crust and soft interior, French bread is a source of pride in France, so much so that the country's national law dictates the use of specific and limited ingredients in authentic bread. Although often eaten at room temperature, French bread is also delicious when served hot and fresh out of the oven. If you wish to revive a loaf of French bread, warm it in the oven before eating.
Set the butter out and allow it to soften. Arrange the top rack in the oven so that it is about 15cm (six inches) from the top. Preheat the oven on broil.
Cut the French bread in half lengthwise. Place the bread on a baking tray with the cut sides up. Spread the softened butter on the inside of each half.
Broil the bread one and a half to two minutes or until it is light brown. Remove the bread and allow it to cool slightly before serving. Serve the bread warm.
Keep constant watch when broiling the bread because it can burn quickly.