1 medium baguette or about 4 cups ½-inch bread cubes*
1½ tbsp. olive oil
1½ tbsp. melted butter
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 300˚ F. Remove the crust from the baguette and cube the bread to the desired size.
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.
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.