A Side Benefit of Bread Baking: Homemade Croutons
A couple slices of a day-old, 7o+% hydration, Italian 00 flour loaf made for some great soup croutons. I may need to make soup more often when I have good bread about. To make the ones in the picture, I tossed the cubes of bread in olive oil and spices and then baked for 10 minutes at 350F, turned off the oven, and then left them in the oven until the cream of cauliflower soup was ready -- about 25 minutes total. The spice mix was from www.myspicesage.com  called "Garlic Bread Seasoning" (a mixture of garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dill, oregano, thyme, basil and red pepper). I'm looking forward to doing this with other spice mixes for other soups and salads.