Have you ever had a fresh loaf of French Bread become hard as rock after sitting out on your counter for one too many days? This happened recently so thought I would share a revival tip.
You can take the stale loaf and run it under spraying water (yep, I said water). Immediately wrap the wettened loaf in tin foil and place in a cold oven and then heat oven to 300 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes or until warmed through and soft again. The steam from the water will softened the bread. You can test the softness by putting on an oven mitt and squeezing the loaf of bread. If it is squeezable, you know it has come back to life. Be sure and serve the bread immediately as it will start to harden up again if you leave it out too long.
I wouldn’t say that it tastes exactly like it would have if you had used it up sooner rather than later but it definitely hits the mark and is perfect for a batch of French Toast or slicing up and dipping into olive oil with fresh herbs and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Hope this tip comes in handy someday!