The Best Way to Heat Up Frozen Homemade Bread

Written by roz zurko | 13/05/2017
The Best Way to Heat Up Frozen Homemade Bread
Frozen bread can easily be defrosted. (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Frozen homemade bread can taste just like it was freshly baked if you thaw and reheat it correctly. The best method to heat frozen bread takes a few hours because the freezing process needs to be reversed slowly. If time is not in abundance, there is another technique that takes less than a half-hour. If you need the frozen bread right away and it was sliced before freezing, you can prepare it in a matter of minutes using two other techniques.

Proper Thawing

If you have enough time before you need to serve the bread, the bread should be thawed slowly and then heated, just the opposite from the way it was frozen. When you put the bread in the freezer, it took a few hours to freeze solid. Reversing this process before heating the bread in the oven will ensure that your homemade bread is fresh.

Take the bread out of the freezer and wrap a paper towel or clean dish towel around it and place it in an airtight plastic bag. Put it in the refrigerator for a few hours and then move it to the counter to thaw completely. Thawing the bread on the counter straight from the freezer will leave the bread soggy; putting it in the refrigerator for a few hours first will leave your bread in better condition.

Heat the thawed bread in a preheated 175 degree oven after wrapping it entirely in foil. The bread should be fully heated and ready to serve in about ten minutes.

No Thawing

If you do not have time to thaw out the bread, wrap the frozen bread tightly in foil and place it in a preheated 150 degree oven. The bread will need to bake for at least twenty minutes after it comes straight out of the freezer. When it has been baking for about ten minutes, take it out of the oven and wipe the bread with a clean damp cloth. This will add a touch of moisture to the bread so the crust will not be too hard. Once the full twenty minutes has passed, the bread is ready to be served.

Quick Fixes

Heat the frozen homemade bread right from the freezer by putting it in a toaster oven in slices. The bread will toast on each side, leaving only the centre soft and fresh. This method thaws and warms the bread in just a few minutes.

Similarly, grill the frozen slices by lightly buttering each side and placing them in a preheated frying pan or flat grill. You will need to flip the bread to get each side to a golden brown. The outside grilled area of the bread will be toasted, leaving just the extreme middle of the bread fresh and warm.

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