Guide to Making Toast with Melted Butter On
What You Need to Know
- Quality ingredients can make the difference between an average and an excellent piece of toast; go for organic bread if possible, and avoid supermarket’s pre-packaged sliced loaves.
- Try warming your toaster up before inserting the bread. This will ensure your toast comes out piping hot rather than merely warm.
- Academic research has found that it takes 214 seconds to make the perfect piece of toast, with bread with a thickness of 14mm making for the best slice.
- Spreading cold and hard butter onto toast can roughen the surface of your bread. Consider taking butter out of the fridge a while before you make toast so that it is soft and spreadable.
- Too much butter is bad for your health and can make a piece of toast floppy and soggy, while too little will mean that the moisture lost during toasting will not be replaced.
- Remember to butter the whole piece of toast consistently and only once this is done should you cut it up into halves or quarters.
Choose Your Ingredients Carefully
One of the attractions of toasting is that allows you to make even stale bread tasty. Nevertheless, if you want the perfect piece, it’s still worth using the best possible ingredients.
Of course, individual tastes vary massively. You may like white or prefer brown bread. But, generally speaking, leading chefs advise slicing your own from a full loaf rather than buying packaged, pre-sliced bread. This allows you to choose your own thickness, while investing in organic bread, or even making your own, will ensure that your toast is much tastier than anything you could have made using a standard supermarket loaf.
Similarly, it’s well worth investing in good quality butter rather than cheaper alternatives. Again, however, it’s up to you if you prefer salted or unsalted butter, though salted will stay good for longer if you want to keep your butter dish outside of the fridge.
Making Your Toast
While some people still use grills, or even open fires to make toast, the vast majority will use a toaster. So, the first thing you should do is warm your toaster up. To do this, simply start it up without any bread in it, and this will get the electric elements inside heating up. After a minute, press the cancel button so that the compartments pop up and then repeat the process with your bread in, though this time, let the toast pop up automatically.
As with your choice of bread, how brown you want your toast to be is down to personal preference. Some people like it just a little brown and crispy, while others prefer their toast well done or even burnt. Whatever your personal tastes, you should make sure you invest in a toaster that produces consistent results, so that you know what you’re going to get.
Once the toast has popped up, check its appearance to see if it’s browned enough and give it a feel to check it’s crunchy enough for you. If it isn’t, put it back down for a few more seconds and repeat this process until it’s to your liking. Then, when you have your perfect toast, put it straight onto a plate and get buttering while it’s still hot.
For the record, the academic Dr Dom Lane revealed that his research shows that it takes 214 seconds to make the perfect piece of toast, with bread with a thickness of 14mm making for the best slice.
Buttering Your Toast
One sure-fire way of ruining a piece of toast is attempting to spread solid, cold butter onto it. Not only is this relatively difficult and time-consuming to do, it may also rip the bread, leaving you with something of a mess on your plate.
To get round this, you should try to ensure that the butter you use is at room-temperature and therefore soft and spreadable. Some people insist on keeping their butter dishes outside of the fridge so that it’s always ready for spreading. If you are wary of doing this, then consider taking a little bit out a few minutes before you start making your toast and leaving this on a small side-plate to soften up. Alternatively, you may also be able to find spreadable butter in your local supermarket, though even this may need some softening up before it can be put straight onto toast.
As before, the amount of butter you put on is up to you. However, experts advise finding a ‘happy medium’ as too much butter will make the toast floppy and soggy, while too little will mean that the moisture lost during toasting will not be replaced. Above all, you should try and keep your buttering consistent across the whole slice and only cut the piece up into halves – or quarters or soldiers – once you have buttered the whole.
- Liven up your breakfasts with some fresh ideas from Jamie Oliver.
- To make a prefect slice of toast, you’ll need the right equipment. You can find great deals on cheap toasters here.
- Feeling a bit more ambitious? Read our guide to cooking a roast.
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