cut the bread
Cut the bread into 1 cm (1/2-inch) slices. Cut off the crust (feel free to use it for breadcrumbs). Then cut each piece into equally small cubes.
pan-fry the croutons
Add butter and oil to a pan and add the croutons. Arrange them in a single layer and pan-fry them for 6 - 8 minutes or until golden-brown. Stir the croutons from time to time to cook them evenly—season with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.
serve or store
Serve the croutons immediately or store them in an airtight container until needed.