Using a breadmaker also takes out a lot of the guesswork and measuring that comes with baking, and it definitely requires a lot less attention. You just dump everything in, press the start button, and come back in 3 hours to a beautiful loaf of freshly made bread. It's foolproof.
Instead, the bread machine seemed to have birthed a giant, crusty, half-baked brown blob. My carb-o-licious heart tried to salvage a piece for toast, but it was really beyond anything edible.
So, I did what any other bread-addict would do. I made croutons!
Not only is this an incredibly easy "recipe," it is a great way to use up any old or less than desirable bread. And since you're putting on a salad, it's instantly healthy :)
Oven-Baked Crusty Croutons
Spices (I used onion powder and garlic powder)
Preheat oven to 350.
Cut or tear bread into 1" cubes.
Place cubes in a large bowl and drizzle with EVOO, to taste.
Sprinkle seasonings over bread and toss.
Bake 20-30 minutes, or until croutons are hard.