Prep: 10 mins
Cooking: About 30 mins
Total: About 40 mins.
2 oz slightly stale French bread or Italian bread
1 T. olive oil, melted butter or a mixture
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the bread into slices 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Brush generously with olive oil, butter or mixture. Cut into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. Croutons may be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks; check for freshness before using.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
From Williams-Sonoma Guide to Good Cooking 1996 by Broderbund Software, Inc. & Weldon Owen, Inc.