How To Make Pandesal Soft Again

Make it taste like it was "freshly baked" again.

Bread is an important part of meals. Whether it’s in the shape of a loaf, a roll, or formed into a twisted bun, these fluffy, soft risen dough are an essential food. 

That’s why it’s a sad moment when you realize your stash of bread has become hard and stale. It’s not impossible to imagine especially if you buy an entire loaf of bread or ordered a big pack of pandesal. You won’t always be able to finish it off in a day! 

Should this happen to you, don’t worry! There are a few ways to make your bread soft and irresistible again! Depending on how you want to eat your bread, you can do a number of things.

You can toast the bread, either in the oven, a toaster, or in a frying pan if you’re making French toast or a grilled cheese-style sandwich. Heat helps soften the bread while toasting the outside gives it extra flavor and texture. 

You can also microwave the bread, but briefly, to prevent the bread from drying out even further. You may even add a small glass or bowl of water with the bread to help it stay moist. However, this makes the entire bread including the crust go soft, too, so this method isn’t recommended for those who like their bread crusty on the outside but soft on the inside. 

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The better method to use is to use an oven or oven toaster to “bake” the bread again. You have to add an extra step however to make that stale bread taste and feel like it was “freshly baked” again: you can add a little water. A little brush of water on the outside of the bread should return any lost moisture that made the bread hard while the heat will help “steam” the bread back to life. 

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Need a step-by-step guide? Here’s what you do: 

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C. (You can also use an oven toaster or even the air fryer!) 
  2. 2 Lightly brush water on the crust or outside of the bread. 
  3. 3 Place in the preheated oven and “bake” for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the size and quantity of the bread. 
  4. 4 Remove when the crusts have become crisp again and the bread is heated through. 
  5. 5 Serve immediately. 

Bread will always be delicious when freshly baked and if you love mornings with bread, here are some of the softest, more delectable bread recipes we have: 

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1 Milk Bread Loaf Recipe 

This bread loaf recipe uses the tangzhong method, an Asian bread-making technique of mixing flour and boiling water together to make a sticky paste called “tangzhong”, roughly meaning a roux but made with water instead of fat. It’s this that makes the bread so fluffy soft and delicious

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You have to try this recipe if you love bread!  

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2 Cheese Bread Rolls Recipe 

If you take a look at the recipe, you may wonder why there is no cheese grated into these cheese bread rolls. Instead, the powdered milk, butter, and salt more than make up for the flavor that you may be looking for. After all, cheese is made with milk and salt is the ultimate seasoning. 

These fluffy cheese buns are also made using the tangzhong method. These are fantastic as is, warmed and served with your morning coffee, or sliced and slathered with more butter. Whichever your prefer, this bread recipe is a keeper.  

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3 Korean Garlic Bread Recipe With Cream Cheese  

This Korean bread has a soft texture courtesy of the tangzhong method, too, but the cream cheese filling and the garlic coating is really what sets this apart from other garlic bread of its kind. This garlic bread definitely doesn’t disappoint with its irresistible combination of salty, sweet, and tangy flavors and its creamy and incredibly soft texture.

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4 Cheese Rolls Recipe 

These cheese rolls are actually easy to make! You just need time to allow the yeast to activate fully before you stuff, form, and make them into rolls. Use your favorite melty cheese on the inside so you get a gooey center when you bite into them. Remember to have some softened butter and sugar handy when it cools down enough to brush and sprinkle them on. 

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