2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried granulated garlic
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 loaf country-style white bread, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes
Heat the oven to 225 degrees F.
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the garlic, basil, salt and cayenne.
Place the bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add the seasoned butter and quickly toss to coat the cubes evenly. Spread the buttered cubes on a baking sheet and bake until they are golden brown on the outside and crisp throughout, about 1 hour.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.