Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Homemade Garlic Bread and Croutons—Yum!

More than a decade ago, Craig got me a bread machine for Christmas.  I use it fairly frequently, especially in the fall and winter, and it’s still going strong.  One of our favorite recipes is for garlic bread, which I like to serve when we have pasta.

For a large loaf:

1 1/8 c. water                                 3 Tbsp grated parmesan

2 Tbsp olive oil                                3/4 tsp dried basil

3/4 tsp minced garlic                       3/4 tsp garlic powder

3 cups flour                                     fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp sugar                                   2 tsp yeast (bread machine, fast rise, or active dry)

1 1/2 tsp salt

Put water, oil, and minced garlic into bread pan.  Add flour (I usually use some combination of white and whole wheat) and the rest of the dry ingredients.  Set machine on regular, rapid, or delay bake cycle.  Delicious served warm.

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The other night I made a loaf and held half of it back so I could make croutons.  I cut the bread into cubes, put them in a large bowl, and tossed them with some olive oil cooking spray.

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Then I spread the cubes on a baking sheet, and baked at 250* until dry and crunchy, tossing occasionally. This took a little while, maybe an hour or so.  Test one occasionally; they can be crunchy on the outside but still a little chewy on the inside, which of course is fine if that’s what you want.  I wanted them crunchy all the way through.

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These make flavorful, relatively healthful croutons (healthful compared to the store-bought kind full of partially hydrogenated oils and other shady ingredients).  Last time I did this, the kids discovered them and ate them all for a snack before I even had a chance to put them on a salad.

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Enjoy!

8 comments:

Bella Michelle said...

Sounds yummy! My 1st breadmaker I used until it literally fell over dead, then I got a newer "better" version and never liked it as much. Maybe it is time to re-investigate the bread machine market...

FrouFrouBritches said...

Sounds soooooo gooood! I wish I had a bread machine!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those look yummy!!! I love homemade croutons--you can really tell a difference. :)

Kelsey said...

Can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love your blog!

Alyssa said...

How did you know I was making garlic bread tonight? Thanks! Alyssa of Boston

Country Dreaming said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Melinda

breadman tr875 said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for, love crouton so much especially with soup or salad, thanks for sharing :)

Richella said...

Okay, I need to try this. I love homemade bread, but I have almost no bread machine recipes. And we all love croutons. THANK YOU for the recipe!

And on a side note, thank you for using the word "healthful" when writing about your croutons. I have to bite my tongue constantly when I hear someone talk about "healthy" food. Your correct word usage made my heart smile! :)