Easy Baked Croutons

Easy Baked Croutons

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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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Easy Baked Croutons (Step-by-Step)
Making Croutons (Step-by-Step) 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).
Making Croutons (Step-by-Step) 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.
Making Croutons (Step-by-Step) 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.
Making Croutons (Step-by-Step) Transfer croutons, one layer, onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Making Croutons (Step-by-Step) 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.

Easy Baked Croutons

Easy Croutons Recipe

Store leftover croutons in a sealed ziplock bag in the freezer. Warm the croutons in an oven or toaster oven whenever needed.

Serves: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bread cut to even-sized cubes
  • 50 grams butter
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp favourite herbs such as parsley, oregano, rosemary, Italian herbs either fresh, dried or combination of both

Directions

  1. In a heated saucepan, melt butter, garlic powder and salt, stirring to mix well. Coat bread cubes evenly in the melted butter mixture. Season with herbs and freshly cracked black pepper.
  2. 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.

Noob Cook Tips:

  • Instead of soft bread, use sliced French baguette, cut to cubes.
  • For healthier choice, you may use olive oil instead of butter.