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How to Warm Bread Without it Getting Hard

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

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

  5. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Ashley Baker

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Ashley Baker has been writing helpful articles since 2007 with an emphasis in health and fitness as well as home and garden. Baker attended John Tyler Community College for nursing.

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