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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Homemade Croutons

I recently became the proud owner of a beautiful Kitchenaid stand mixer. Thanks Hubbie! He asked a few years ago if I wanted one and at that time I said no. But I started thinking a few weeks ago that someone who likes to eat, hum cook as much as I do might find one useful. So last weekend I decided to make French bread. The mixer of course worked great but the bread did not want to rise very well. I went ahead and baked it and the loaves were think and dense, but tasted ok. We had some left so I didn't want them to go to waste so I made croutons out of them. Here's what I did. First I cut the bread into small cubes and placed them in a large mixing bowl. Then I melted 3/4 stick of butter. I wanted to coat it but not make them oily or greasy. Then I sprinkled the cubes with garlic powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning and dill. I mixed well, and tasted a few until I got them like I wanted. I then placed them on cookie sheets in a single layer and toasted them in a 400 deg. oven stirring and flipping often for about 20 minutes. The house smells great and they taste very good too. Might just have to snack on some - hope some make to a salad!
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