You may find yourself asking what more there is to a piece of toast than simply placing it in the toaster?
It may seem too basic to discuss, but we assure you it’s not. There’s a little more finesse to making the perfect piece of toast than you may think.
If you’re serious about your sliced bread, there four key things to remember:
- Skip the toaster, and use a toaster oven instead.
- Butter your toast halfway through the toasting - not before and not after.
If you butter your toast at the beginning of the toasting process it can burn before it finishes cooking. If you butter it after it’s toasted, you won’t get the benefit of the butter permeating and flavoring the toast during the cooking process. For ultimate crunchy, butter-soaked goodness, you need to do it midway.
- Season. Season. Season. Treat your toast like any other dish you would prepare. Seasoning it with a little bit of salt will bring out the flavor of the bread and marry really beautifully with the butter.
- Always slice your toast on the thicker side. Slicing it at about 3/4″ means you’ll allow your toast to crisp up on the inside, while leaving enough space in the middle to stay soft and tender.
Toaster vs. Toaster Oven
The standard toaster serves one function, namely to toast toast. If you have a cramped kitchen, a single function toaster may not be worth the counter or cabinet space.
Secondly, the toaster gives you very little control. You can’t see your toast as it toasts and pulling it out at any given point is a bit of a battle with the locked lever.
We recommend using the multi-purpose, trusty toaster oven. You can see your toast as it cooks and you can easily pull it out whenever you see fit, meaning you get your toast just the way you like it. It’s also the only way to butter it halfway though, without making a big drippy mess.
Perfect Toaster Oven Toast How-To:
- Toaster oven
1. Turn your toaster oven to the toast setting.
2. Slice your bread about 3/4″ thick and place it in the preheated toaster oven.
3. Toast the toast for about 2 minutes, until it is very lightly golden and slightly crispy on the outside. Remove the toast from the toaster oven.
4. Butter both sides of the toast, and lightly season them with salt.
5. Return the toast to the toaster oven and toast until it is golden brown, a little darker around the edges and crispy to the touch. It will smell amazing!
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So ditch the toaster and wake up each morning to the perfect piece of toast with your toaster oven and a little extra lovin’ for your bread.
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