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.
Heat your oven to 200 degrees.
Put the loaf of French bread on a cookie sheet. Lightly coat the top of the bread with olive oil using a pastry brush.
Place the French bread into the fully heated oven. Warm the bread for five to eight minutes.
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.
Wrap the bread in cloth to keep it warm. Place the bread in a bowl and serve.
Omit the olive oil if desired.