Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
To make croutons, pull the baguette into 3/4-inch chunks. To make crostini, pull the baguette into 1 1/2- to 2-inch chunks.
Combine the oil, pepper, salt and garlic in a bowl. Add the bread chunks and toss to coat with the seasonings.
Spread the chunks in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake until the edges are golden brown and crunchy, 6 to 8 minutes.
Cool the croutons or crostini to room temperature and use them immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Allow the croutons or crostini to cool to room temperature and use them or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Ben Ford, "Taming the Feast"