The next time you have stale (not spoilt) bread, don’t throw them away! You can make easy baked crispy croutons with them and they can be eaten on its own, or sprinkled over your favourite salads and creamy soups. The great thing about home-made croutons is their unbeatable crispiness and flavour. They are also unbelievably easy to make (under 30 minutes) and require few ingredients.
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Using kitchen scissors, first cut bread to strips, then to even-sized cubes. Optional: You may trim away the bread edges if preferred (I left them on).
In a heated saucepan, melt butter, garlic powder and salt, stirring to mix well. Add croutons to the melted butter mixture and toss to coat evenly. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
Finely snip fresh herbs of choice (I am using Italian parsley here) directly onto the croutons, and toss to mix well. Alternatively, you may use dried herbs. Suitable herbs include parsley, oregano, rosemary and Italian herbs.
Transfer croutons, one layer, onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake at pre-heated oven of 180°C (356°F) for 15 minutes, or until the croutons are golden and crispy. Add them as topping for your salads and creamy soups.