Yield: about 3-4 cups

Ingredients

1 medium baguette or about 4 cups ½-inch bread cubes*
1½ tbsp. olive oil
1½ tbsp. melted butter
Garlic powder
Dried parsley
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

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    Preheat the oven to 300˚ F.  Remove the crust from the baguette and cube the bread to the desired size.

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    Place the bread cubes in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir in the melted butter and olive oil and toss to coat.  Season to taste with garlic powder, dried parsley, salt and pepper (¼ teaspoon of each seasoning is a good starting point.)  Toss once more until everything is evenly combined.
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    Spread the croutons in a single layer on a baking sheet (preferably a rimmed baking sheet unless you’re a daredevil like me).  Bake, stirring once every 10 minutes, until the croutons are light golden and crisp and no chewiness remains (be sure to let a crouton cool for a minute or two before testing!)  They will bake about 40-50 minutes total but the time may vary depending on the size of cubes and type of bread.  Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

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    You can use whatever type of bread you like to make these.  Though many people use regular sliced bread, I find the texture lacking.  I typically use this baguette or this sourdough, both because they have the texture I prefer and because I keep them in the freezer at all times.