Monday, November 14, 2011
I do get asked this question every now and then.
Actually it's pretty easy. You won't even need an oven for this.
If you are baking bread and it was a not so nice to eat bread, turn it into croutons.
If you have a loaf of bread, almost expiring and you don't want to freeze it, turn it into croutons.
If you want to save money and not buy these, make croutons
Besides using these in salads, they are good as snacks too. When I made this for Lydia's first birthday's Caesar Salad, my cousin's kids grabbed the remaining croutons and snacked on them. So, even if you're not making any salad, just turn any unwanted bread into this and they'll be really wanted. Kids will even fight for it.
So, what sort of bread? Basically, you can use any bread, but I find white bread or french loaves taste the best. Wholemeal or breads like such don't taste that nice when being made into croutons. Stale breads work the best. Fresh bread.... hmm.. not that nice because it is moist and soft. It's those stale hard breads that is the best. I heard brioche will be even better, but I have never tasted that as croutons before.
What you need to do is cube the bread, big or small, as you like, but I like mine about 1.5cm cube.
Then, place some salted butter into a pan, turn the heat on medium low, throw the bread cubes in and let the butter slowly melt and coat the bread. Then just toast the bread cubes on the pan, tossing them every now and then until they look golden and crunchy. How much butter.. hmmm.. eyeball, if you see the butter don't seem enough to coat all the bread, then just add more. It's ok to be added in anytime.
Oh yes, let them cool down in the pan so that the residual heat will continue to dry up the croutons. Store in air tight container, they do get chewy if exposed to our humid air.