The only thing better than homemade bread fresh out of the oven (or breadmaker) is…
…homemade croutons, made from homemade farmhouse bread (a mix of 12 grain and rye flours).
Our recipe is simple, and oh so yummy!
1/4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp smashed garlic cloves
1 Tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp cracked pepper
1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme and rosemary (optional – I leave this out if I’m making them for caesar salad)
6 cups stale bread cut in bite-sized cubes
Mix the oil and melted butter in a large bowl, add the spices and stir until blended well. Mix in the bread cubes, stirring well until they are all nicely coated. Throw in the oven at 250 and bake until they turn golden and crunchy. They should be dry and light and crisp all the way through, otherwise they won’t keep well. Throw them in a mason jar in the pantry and sprinkle over salads at will.
Be warned – they won’t last long! K and B eat these the way some kids eat potato chips. I do too (shh! Don’t tell!).