December 23, 2011

How to make Croutons at home | Baked Croutons | Preps in the Kitchen

One of the best ways to use bread is to make Croutons at home. Although I do make Croutons at home, i never made it as a snack, and in bulk. Vardhini's recipe showed me how to do so, and even kiddo took some croutons as a munch-on for her snack break at school. Thanks Vardhini for this recipe -it surely showed me a way to use up those final slices of a bread loaf, which seem to be left unused everytime we buy a loaf , all the while making a perfectly crunchy snack for those 4 pm types, when hunger (read temptation to indulge) strikes the tummy ! Also, pep up any soup and the kids would love it...

Without much ado, lets get to the recipe now - Homemade Baked Croutons ! This goes to Week 2 of BM # 11 under "Preps and Preserves" category. This entire week will see me present a mix-n-match theme under different themes ! Check out the other Marathoners here. Also, linking this to : Radhika's Winter Carnival , Valli’s Snacks MelaRadhika’s Baked Goodies & Sangee’s BakeFest,event by Vardhini

Prep time : 5 mins. Bake time : 10-12 mins 
Source : Here

  • Bread slices - 8 slices (I used ordinary sandwich bread although French bread is recommended)
  • Olive Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Italian Seasoning - 1 TBSP (+ 1/2 tsp of Red Chilli Flakes)
  • White Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp (opt.)
  • Salt - to taste (take care as the bread would also contain some)

1) Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into small chunks. Do not trim the edges. 
2) In a large bowl,add the bread chunks, oil, seasoning, salt, pepper powder. Give it a nice mix. Rest for 3 mins
3) Preheat the oven to 175C for 8- 10 mins.
4) Line a flat baking tray with foil (helps clean up) and spread the chunks evenly on the lined plate taking care not to overlap them.
5) Bake for 10-15 mins till they brown. I checked at 12 minutes, and they were done.
6) Cool completely. Store in an airtight container and serve with any soup


  1. Wat a fabulous croutons, excellent and definitely useful for many of us.

  2. Looks very crispy Kalyani. I too make them and store it in a bin as younger ones likes it very much. Thanks for linking it to the event.

  3. Croutons look perfect Kalyani and glad your kiddo enjoyed it. Happy Holidays.

    Event: Sinful Delights
    Event: Stuffed Paratha

  4. Perfect snack with a cup of coffee...

  5. Very nice..that was to be my post too..:)

  6. good one kalyani ! sending warm cheers along !

  7. Best way to use-up Bread!!!! Looks yummy!!!

  8. Crisp and yummy croutons. Good way to use up leftover bread.


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