How to Heat Up a Loaf of French Bread

By Constance Barker

French bread is a delicious addition to any meal and often accompanies soup and salad. Store-bought or homemade French bread can be reheated in a conventional oven to regain its freshly baked texture and butter-melting temperature. To keep the bread from drying out, warm up the entire loaf instead of individual slices. With a proper heating technique, you can warm the bread without burning it.

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Step 1

Heat your oven to 200 degrees.

Step 2

Put the loaf of French bread on a cookie sheet. Lightly coat the top of the bread with olive oil using a pastry brush.

Step 3

Place the French bread into the fully heated oven. Warm the bread for five to eight minutes.

Step 4

Wear oven mitts to remove the bread from the oven. Place the bread on a cutting board if you want to cut it immediately. Slice the loaf with a sharp bread knife.

Step 5

Wrap the bread in cloth to keep it warm. Place the bread in a bowl and serve.