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The Quickest Way to Refresh Day-Old Bread

Last night, I stopped off to buy a fresh baguette for dinner, only to get home and realize that the bread, which was baked that morning, wasn't exactly fresh anymore. If you've ever been stuck with a loaf of "fresh" bread or if you want to get more mileage out of a baguette you bought the day before, try this simple trick:

Heat your oven to 250°F or 300°F, and splash some water on top of the bread — not too much that it's soaked, but just enough that it's slightly damp on top. Then pop the moistened bread in the oven for no more than five minutes. When you take it out, the bread will feel warm and fresh, with a crispy exterior and a soft interior.

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Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Thanks for the tip, dh! I will definitely try that.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I almost always have fresh whole wheat bread in the house. When we have left over French or Italian bread, I put it in a ziploc bag with a couple of slices of the fresh, soft wheat bread in the bag with it. The moisture in the wheat bread will rehydrate the crusty bread enough to keep it soft. Then I'll put it in the oven to crisp up the outside! This also works with homemade cookies that tend to get hard after they cool. A slice of bread in with the cookies keeps them soft!
oinkoink oinkoink 9 years
I ate an entire loaf of french bread on my own last night. It made me sleep through lunch today so I guess that was my daily dose of calories for that day!
emalove emalove 9 years
You could also make soup and use the bread as bread bowls (if the loaf is big enough)...
literatured literatured 9 years
bruschetta, french toast. or once, the very unhealthy thing to do.. we hollowed out half a baquette and stuffed it with chopped bacon, scrambled eggs, chives and cheese.. threw it in the oven for a few minutes :o
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Brush it with a little melted butter, wrap it in foil and pop it into the oven for a few minutes. Works every time.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I do this all the time! It's because I constantly buy things even though I know I wont eat them right away.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've done this before!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
wow awesome tip. Thanks Yum!
dpbluiz13 dpbluiz13 9 years
aSLAM - Your recipe sounds great. I'll have to try that. I have a tomato hater too. Funny!
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
Great tip! thanks!
aSLAMMINhottie aSLAMMINhottie 9 years
dp-That's awesome; I was going to suggest bruschetta as well! :-) I like to toast the slices in the oven and then brush them with a mixture of olive oil, kosher salt and parsley and diced tomatoes if the tomato-haters in my house aren't around.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Cut it up in cubes and season with garlic salt and pepper, pop in the oven and you've got croutons.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Wish I had known about this last week! A half a loaf went to the birds because it was too hard. BOO. I'll have to try this out next time.
dpbluiz13 dpbluiz13 9 years
I just slice it up, brush with olive oil, pop it under the broiler and TA-DA Bruschetta!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
What a great tip!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
that always happens when we get bread from safeway. i'll try the tip next time :)
laura6567 laura6567 9 years
i just make french toast!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
ahhh really?!?! this is a GREAT tip! :) im gonna have to try it!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
Thanks for the tip Yum. I'm definitely going to try this!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Great! That happens to me too :( I hate it!!!
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