How to Refresh Stale French Baguette and French Bread

Baguette is always at its best on the day you buy it but if you have left over, you can refresh it and give it back its crispy crust in less than 15 minutes.  And in fact, this works for any stale French bread.  Check Art of the Home tips below to give day-old French bread and French baguette a new life!

How to Refresh Stale French Baguette and French Bread

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 Art of the Home Tip


Refreshing Stale French Baguette and French Bread

  1. Wrap stale baguette or stale French bread in a moist lint-free clean cotton dish cloth (torchon).  Let the stale bread absorb the moisture for about 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 °F.  When the 15 minutes have passed, unwrap stale French baguette or bread and place it in preheated oven for a few minutes.  And voilà, your baguette will come out nice and crunchy.  Enjoy!
  3. Another sweet way to use stale bread or stale French baguette is to make “pain perdu” — literally means “ruined bread”.  Pain perdu is a delicious dessert and for many brings back cherished childhood memories.  Enjoy and bon appétit!