How to Warm Bread Without it Getting Hard

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How to Warm Bread Without it Getting Hard
Warm bread is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bread is best served warm, especially if the bread is served with a meal. Reheating your bread sounds like a simple task; however, if done improperly, the bread may harden, dry out or even turn into a chewy mess. Following a few simple steps will yield bread that is warmed throughout, maintains moisture and tastes like it was just removed from the oven.

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Things you need

  • Bread
  • Knife
  • Foil
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 177 degrees Celsius. Wrap soft breads tightly in aluminium foil. If you are reheating crusty breads, leave it unwrapped.

  2. 2

    Place bread on a baking tray and put the baking tray into the preheated oven. Warm the bread in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes for soft bread, and 5 to 10 minutes for crusty bread, depending on the size of the loaf.

  3. 3

    Remove the bread from the oven and remove foil. Slice the bread and serve immediately.

  4. 4

    To microwave the bread, place the loaf on a paper towel in the microwave. Warm the bread for no more than 15 seconds.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are reheating sliced bread or rolls, wrap them up tightly together and follow the same instructions. Leave them in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Leaving the bread in the oven for too long will result in dry bread, similar to toast.

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