By Christina Martinez

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.

Baguettes bread
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How to Soften French Bread

Microwave

Step 1

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

Step 2

Wrap the bread in the damp paper towel.

Step 3

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

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Moisten the paper bag slightly with a damp paper towel.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Remove the bread and serve immediately.