Making croutons in summer can be a nuisance – oven heated up to high temperature when only needed for 10 minutes, then it takes ages to cool down and everyone frazzles in the hot kitchen.

I needed some for Sunday Lunch Caesar Salad and thought – wonder if the Microwave ‘Crisping Plate’ would be of use? So experimented. 10 minutes later – perfect croutons.

Had mixed the bread with Olive Oil and grated Parmesan then spread them out on the plate, I did shake them up every 3 minutes to ensure that they browned evenly. Had the bonus of a moment’s relaxation – as I had not done this before I stayed near the machine and focused. Was in the moment, you could say.

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