How to Reheat These 5 Types of Bread for Maximum Enjoyment

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Nothing compares to the aroma and taste of freshly baked bread. But what do you do when your bread has lost its initial warmth and softness? For these 5 types of bread, here’s how to expertly reheat them, so you can enjoy them as if they’ve just come out of the oven!

How To Reheat These 5 Types Of Bread For Maximum Enjoyment

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How To Reheat Naan

There are four classic ways of reheating naan. How long it takes to reheat naan bread is dependent on which way you reheat the bread.

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Find the best method for you from below:

Microwave

  • Cover your naan in a wet paper towel before placing into the microwave. This wet paper towel is used to keep the naan bread moist and prevent it from drying out and turning rock hard in the microwave.
  • Place the naan bread into the microwave and heat it for 40 seconds. While the naan bread is in the microwave, heat up a skillet to a high temperature.
  • After the 40 seconds, take the naan bread out of the microwave and place the naan down on the skillet. After a couple of seconds of heating, turn the naan bread to the opposite side for 20 seconds. This delicate handling of the naan will mean that the naan will remain nice and crispy, while also being soft on the inside. The constant turning of the naan bread will bring back the bubble or pockets of hair in the bread.
  • Serve up the reheated naan bread.

Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prep your naan bread by spraying it with water on both sides or adding two teaspoons of water sprinkled on each side. This will add moisture to the naan bread and aim to prevent it from drying out as much as possible.
  • Cover the naan in tin foil to also help prevent the naan bread from drying out.
  • Place the tin foiled protected naan on a baking tray in the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 2-3 minutes. If you leave your naan bread in the oven for longer than 2-3 minutes you may burn it.
  • After 2-3 minutes, remove the naan bread from the oven and serve.

Stove

  • Heat up a skillet pan to a high heat.
  • Place the naan face down when in the pan and allow it to sit there for 15 seconds. Spray the side facing you with water to keep it moist.
  • Flip the naan bread over to cook on the other side. Leave the naan bread for 30 seconds to heat up to a high temperature. Spray the side facing you with water to keep it moist.
  • To add flavour to the naan and recreate the day 1 naan bread taste, brush some butter on both sides of the naan with a cooking brush. The butter should melt onto the naan bread, keeping it moist.
  • Once the naan is reheating to a high temperature, it is ready to eat.

Air Fryer

  • Spray the air fryer basket with either oil or water. This is to ensure that the naan bread will keep its moisture and not dry out.
  • Put your frozen or unfrozen naan bread into the air fryer at 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for no more than 4 minutes.
  • Once the naan bread has been reheated, use a cooking brush to put some butter on each side of the bread to keep it moist.

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How to Reheat Pita

There are a few methods of doing this, which range from being super simple to being more complicated. But it’s well worth the effort.

Open Flame

The hands-down best way to heat or reheat pita bread is with an open flame. This is the same method a lot of people use to initially bake the bread, so it makes sense that is also the method of choice for reheating it.

  • Leave your bread near an open flame, such as a gas oven, until the bread starts to puff up (which is about 40 seconds).
  • After this, gently flip the bread and allow it to heat for the same amount of time.
  • Once this is done, you should have some beautifully charred and heated bread ready to either be eaten or used in a recipe.

Microwave

Pita bread is at risk of drying out very easily in a microwave.

To combat this, you can place a small glass of water in the microwave with it. You can also line your microwave-safe plate with a damp paper towel.

Blast the pita bread in 10-second intervals until it is heated through but still soft and flexible.

Toaster

If your pita bread is the right size to fit in your toaster then it can be really tempting to throw it in and let it heat up, as it should be. A toaster works just fine but is at risk of heating it up too much if left for longer than needed.

  • Crank the knob all the way to the lowest setting and then let your pita bread toast.
  • You can also heat it more, so it is best to have to heat it twice rather than burn it.

Stove

  • Use an iron skillet or a pan that is big enough for your bread to sit flat.
  • Set the heat to medium-high and brush a thin layer of olive oil on each side of the pita.
  • Let the bread sit for 10 seconds on each side and repeat this until it is soft and springy, be careful not to overcook it as this will dry it out.

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How to Reheat Churros

Thankfully churros are completely fine to reheat!

Oven

The best method of reheating churros is to use an oven. It is quite simple and easy to do.

  • You will want to preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and wait for it to reach that temperature.
  • Wrap your churros in aluminum foil, not individually as they can all go together. Place these on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or baking sheets. The aluminum foil around the churros is to prevent them from sticking to the baking sheet. It is also used as a way to stop them from drying out or becoming too hard. For this reason, aluminum foil is essential for maintaining the texture of your churros.
  • After the oven is properly heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, place your baking tray on the middle or top rack of the oven. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5 minutes have passed, you should check the churros to see if they are warm yet.
  • If they are not warm and still need some time, put them back in for another 5 minutes. It is best to check them periodically every minute or two, though, as they are prone to losing all their moisture if you cook them for too long. This would result in a hardened churro that is difficult to eat.

Microwave

  • To begin, you will want to wet a paper towel. Wring it out leaving it being damp instead of wet.
  • You will now need to wrap your churros in the damp paper towel and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Similar to the aluminum foil in the oven method, the paper towel is to keep the moisture content in the churros protected. Without the paper towel, the churros would dry up and essentially be ruined.
  • Place your plate of churros in the microwave and shut the door. Depending on how involved you want to be, you can either set them on low for 2-3 minutes. Or set the microwave on high and check them every 30 seconds.
  • Once they are warmed enough for you to be satisfied, take them out. Immediately unwrap them to ensure they do not stick to the paper.

Air Fryer

  • When placing your churros in the air fryer, it is crucial that they are spaced apart and not touching. If they are touching then it is likely that some moisture will be trapped and they will begin to soften.
  • To reheat them in an air fryer you will want to set them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let them heat for 5-8 minutes.
  • It is best to check them after 5 minutes . Check them again every minute after until they are perfect.

Toaster Oven

  • Heat your toaster oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spread your churros out on a baking sheet.
  • Once the toaster oven is heated fully, place your tray in there.
  • Let them be for 5 minutes, and check them.
  • If the result is not satisfactory then let them heat up for another 3 minutes.

Stovetop

This is arguably the most hassle out of all of the options listen, but can still help in a pinch.

  • To start off, heat your pan up over medium heat and wait until it is hot. To avoid your churros becoming soggy, make sure to not grease the pan.
  • Keep turning them over and making sure each side gets evenly heated.
  • After around 5-10 minutes they should be warmed through and ready to eat.

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How To Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

Oven

Using an oven is how you will get your cinnamon rolls as close as possible to how they once were.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once that is heating up, prepare a baking tray and line it with parchment paper or baking sheets.
  • This is where it gets weird but trust me, it works. Use aluminum foil to wrap each cinnamon roll. The foil stops any moisture from escaping and will also prevent the tops from burning. Before you wrap each of your cinnamon rolls individually in aluminum foil, pour a tablespoon of water over them. This water will help them retain moisture while being heated up.
  • Optionally, alongside the tablespoon of water, you can also add icing to your cinnamon rolls. It can be whatever flavor you want and it is up to you how much you use. After the water and icing have been put on your rolls, wrap them up in aluminum foil. Properly cover them and place them on your baking tray.
  • Place your baking tray in the center of the oven and let them warm up for 10-15 minutes. Reheating in the oven leads to the best results when compared to freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Using icing and water is also a great way to help revive stale or old buns.

The oven produces a result almost as good as original cinnamon rolls, yet it is also the method that requires the most work. It is not convenient if you just want a quick snack so this method is not for everyone.

Air Fryer

Not everyone has access to an air fryer. But those that do will never stop marveling in the brilliance of using one.

This method is a bit like the oven method but without the wrapping aluminum foil step.

  • Place a sheet of baking paper under the cinnamon roll before placing it in the air fryer. This will help make sure there is no mess.
  • Once you have the parchment paper and cinnamon roll in the air fryer, pour a tablespoon of water over the top of your roll and again, optionally, apply any icing or butter that you want.
  • After it is all prepared and ready, turn it on at 350 degrees F and let it cook for roughly 5 minutes.

This method is not as effective as using an oven but it is noticeably easier. However, you might have to do the reheating in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.

Microwave

You can use the iconic glass of water trick, or you can wrap the item in a damp paper towel.

  • To start this, you will need a microwave-safe plate. Put your cinnamon roll on this and then optionally cover it with icing or butter.
  • Now you will need to grab a paper towel and wet it under the tap. Once it is saturated, you need to simply wring it out so it is damp instead of wet.
  • Once you have your damp paper towel, place this over the top of your cinnamon roll and microwave it on high for 10 seconds at a time. This should be done fairly quickly but the cinnamon roll will be very hot. Remove the plate from the microwave and throw the damp paper towel in the trash.
  • You can let your cinnamon roll sit for a bit to cool down slightly.

If it sits for too long it will noticeably shrivel up. If you are going to eat this immediately after it reheats, then the microwave might be the best pick.

Toaster Oven

  • You need to preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees F and prepare your cinnamon roll.
  • By now you should predict what I’m about to say. You should pour a tablespoon of water over your cinnamon roll alongside icing or butter if you choose to.
  • Once your oven is fully heated, wrap the cinnamon roll completely in aluminum foil. Place it inside the toaster oven for 10 minutes before checking them.

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How to Reheat Garlic Bread

Have some garlic bread laying around that you need to reheat or you anticipate you are going to need to soon? Reheat them like this:

Oven

  • To start off, you will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good temperature as it will warm it over a shorter period of time, which is going to make it resemble the texture the bread initially had.
  • After your oven is preheated, you will want to prepare your garlic bread by wrapping it in aluminum foil. This is to stop much moisture escaping during the process but will also help prevent the top of the bread from looking burnt. Another great step here is to splash a tablespoon of water over the garlic bread while it is inside the foil. This added moisture will help revive the bread and is crucial for making it come out as good as it once was.
  • While the time will depend on how big your loaf is, or your slices, the most common timing will be between 10-15 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, you will want to take it out and check it, if you are not satisfied then put it back and check every 2.5 minutes until it is done.

Microwave

If you are heating smaller portions instead of entire loaves then using a microwave will have you ready in no time.

There are two methods that are used in the microwave. The first method is just placing your garlic bread slices on a microwave-safe plate. Then heat them on high power for 30 seconds at a time. After a minute or so, you should have perfectly heated garlic bread.

The main issue with that is, they may be quite dry. To fix this, the unorthodox method comes into play. Get a paper towel and wet it under the tap. Once it is fully saturated, wring it out until it is merely damp.

This damp paper towel should be placed over the plate. Make sure it falls over all the pieces of garlic bread. Or you can individually wrap them in damp paper towels to be more thorough.

This paper towel will keep them moist and will prevent them from being dehydrated while the microwave heats them up. The results are astonishing and the method also takes barely any time.

Frying Pan

Unfortunately, this method will not work for entire loaves and is more suitable for heating slices exclusively. The texture of the garlic bread using this method will be crunchier than most other methods. But who doesn’t like crunchy garlic bread?

  • You will want to heat up a suitable frying pan to medium-high heat. It is optional but you can choose to oil or lightly butter each side of the bread. This will help revive it and make it seem fresher.
  • Place the garlic bread flat down in the pan and heat it for 2-3 minutes on each side. There should not be any burning so make sure you rotate it enough to evenly heat each side equally.

While being a good method for reheating garlic bread, the main drawback is that it only works for slices. It also requires continuous attention. While this method is quicker than the oven, it also requires you to be a lot more attentive.

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How To Reheat These 5 Types Of Bread For Maximum Enjoyment

Revive that Bread’s Freshness!

If you have excess bread of these types, you definitely don’t have to say bye! You can easily revive them with these methods – and enjoy them whenever you want.

Let me know if you have effective reheating methods to share!

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