Homemade Pepper Garlic Bread Croutons

Simplest recipe with stale bread, croutons.  I making this second time in two weeks. When i made last week, i had lot of kids at home and i just gave them the croutons, they happily munched while they were playing. Today, i made them again, i wanted to get some decent clicks. But the moment my kids got the smell of garlic wafting in the air, they came running into the kitchen, asking what you are making? Crouttonns. Is it done?? That’s it, i knew they will not wait for my clicks to complete, so i just took out the tray, went to my balcony, clicked few shots with my phone and then kept the tray back the dining table, it vanished it minutes. Irresistible snack, easy to make and it is so versatile, you keep varying the seasoning to get a different taste every time. If you get to have any leftover, store it in an air-tight container and use it as garnish for your soups.
4 slices of white bread
1/4 cup of oil (sunflower/olive)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp freshly pounded black pepper
1/4 to salt
  • Heat oil for 30 seconds, just make it warm. Add minced garlic and crushed pepper. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Remove the crust of the bread and cut each slice into small cubes. 
  • Take a 7×7 square baking tray, spread the cut bread on the tray and pour around 2 tbsp of spice-oil all over and mix with your bare hands or a spatula. I prefer hands.  All the bread cubes must be well coated with the spice-oil. Check and add oil if necessary.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and bake the bread cubes for 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from the oven,let it cool, store it in a air-tight container, if  it stays that long. They should stay good for a week, can also be freezed for 6 months.  

This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016