The most basic croutons are baguette rounds brushed with melted butter and baked for a short time until golden.
- Yield: Makes about 60
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2003
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
- 1 baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush a baking sheet with butter. Place bread slices on sheet. Brush top of each slice with remaining butter.
Toast in oven until crisp and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer croutons to a wire rack. Let cool completely.