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Bread warmer for serving

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bun warmerWhen you bake bread, you generally want it to cool down completely before slicing into it. This is because bread is still baking, in a way, when you take it out of the oven. As it cools, the steam inside the bread is very slowly released through the crust, setting the crumb inside. If you cut into it too quickly, your piece will still be tasty, but it may be overly wet and the rest of the bread – particularly the side exposed by cutting into it – could become soggy, then stale quickly. The best way to serve bread warm is to cool it down and reheat it before serving.

I have a ceramic hot plate-type gadget similar to this Bun Warmer that does a great job of keeping bread warm for serving. You simply heat it up in the microwave or the oven, then place it into your bread basket (I typically use a large napkin in the basket to keep dinner rolls, etc. covered even further). The heat lasts for quite a while and will definitely keep heated rolls from cooling off too quickly at the table.

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  • Kitt
    March 7, 2008

    I wonder if you could use any ceramic tile for this. I’m definitely one of those people who find it very difficult to wait for my bread to cool the first time around!

  • I have a bread warmer similar to this – – it really works well!

  • Keegan
    January 15, 2013

    This picture is from one of the bread warmers that Seneca ceramics carries. There are generic and custom bread warmers, coasters, trivets, and ornaments for sale. Check out senecaceramics.com for information about the product. It makes a great decoration as well as a bread warmer.

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