French bread, also known as a baguette, has a signature crisp crust on the outside and is sublimely soft on the inside. It's perfect for making garlic bread, hearty sandwiches or a little snack with a smear of Nutella. The fresher the bread, the softer it'll be. If you don't eat it within a few days, it becomes stale. However, there is a trick to soften it back up as if it was baked fresh.

Microwave

Moisten a paper towel with water. Squeeze out the excess water.

Wrap the bread in the damp paper towel.

Put the bread into the microwave and heat it on high for 10 to 20 seconds.

Voila! The bread should be wonderfully soft once again.

Oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the bread inside a paper bag big enough to completely cover it.

Moisten the paper bag slightly with a damp paper towel.

Place the bread in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes.

Remove the bread and serve immediately.

Tip

If you've softened stale bread, use it within 10 minutes; otherwise it'll go stale again.

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