Homemade Croutons From Day Old Bread

(Last Updated On: November 18, 2020)

Homemade croutons are on the menu today! I love buying fresh bread to go alongside a home cooked meal. The thing is, I don’t like how quickly fresh bread turns stale. So the next time you are thinking of tossing day old bread into the garbage try making homemade croutons instead.

In today’s recipe I will show you, step-by-step how to turn day old bread into delicious homemade croutons. Crouton’s are the perfect topping to a kale salad or a hot tomato soup.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate throwing away food. I like to utilize everything purchased from the store and aim to create as little waste as possible.

If you are frugal in that way too, or you simply just love a salad with croutons, read on for a tasty crouton recipe.

A baguette that will soon be turned into croutons!

Homemade Crouton Recipe

Instead of tossing a hardened baguette from last nights dinner, opt to turn it into something delicious. Today I will explain the very simple way to make that bread into an amazing crouton topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Crouton
Yield: 2 Cups


  • Oven
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


  • Half Baguette Or any day old loaf of bread.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • While the oven is preheating, slice the baguette into 1 inch thick slices. Next cube those slices into 1 inch cubes.
  • Place the cubed slices of the baguette onto a thin baking sheet.
  • Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Toss with hands until evenly distributed.
  • Bake in oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Flipping croutons halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Store in an air tight plastic container to use at a later date or serve immediately atop a salad or tomato soup. Bon appetite!

Where did croutons originate from?

The crouton as we know it is said to have began in France. In english the word crouton is derived from the french word “croûton” according to

The french route word of croûton “croûte” literally translates to “crust”. This makes perfect sense, as a crouton is literally the baked crust of bread.

How Long Can I Store Homemade Croutons For?

Croutons should be eaten within two weeks of making them. Any longer and they can start to grow mold.

Store your homemade croutons in an air tight plastic container or a zip lock bag. Simply keep in the cupboard until ready to use. There is no need to refrigerate a crouton.

Fun Fact: National Crouton Day Is May 13th

Of course there is a day for everything, so why not a national crouton day? It seems silly in a way. A whole entire day dedicated to the crouton? Well its true. So come next May 13th indulge yourself by basking in everything crouton!

After all, aren’t salads so much more exciting when there is a crunch involved? I know when I eat a caesar salad I am always sifting through romaine lettuce leaves just to find another crouton!


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