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Beans on Toast

Updated on November 21, 2016
Beans - other brands are available
Beans - other brands are available

There is no better lunch than beans on toast. Seriously. I am vegetarian, and beans on toast is the ultimate comfort food. There is something retro about it, too. It was a dish I’d have for dinner when I was a child. Cheap, cheerful, and rather good for you, too.

The way I have my beans on toast is possibly the most unhealthy way to have it. I would love to be vegan. There is just one thing in my way.

Butter. I know, I know, it is the spreadable kind.
Butter. I know, I know, it is the spreadable kind.

Butter

I adore butter – lashings of the stuff. Bread is just a butter vehicle. I make cakes just to devour the buttercream. Even a lowly piece of shortbread is in danger of getting a good spreading.

So, here is my way of making beans on toast. It might make you hungry!

Beans on Toast – Kimberley Clarke Style

You will need;

Bread (Sliced)
Beans (Beanz meanz Heinz)
Butter (Real butter. No substitute will do. Move over, marge. You’d butter believe it)
Cup of milky tea (Optional)

Method

Pop two slices of bread into your toaster.

If you are having tea, get the kettle on to boil.

Decant your tin of beans into a microwaveable container. I drain the beans – I prefer a dry bean. There’s too much juice in the tins these days – probably a cost saving exercise. Naughty Heinz.

I never read instructions, so I microwave my beans for four minutes. Stay safe, though. Ignore me. Follow what it says on your tin.

Make your cup of tea, if you are having one. Or, pour your regular lunchtime tipple.

Your toast should have popped. Remove it from the toaster – let it cool. There’s no point buttering hot toast, the butter just melts. Melted butter is non existent butter!

Once the toast is cool enough to butter without soaking up all of the butter, butter it. Put your toast on to a small plate.

Safely remove your beans and pour them onto a large plate. You’ll introduce the toast to the beans when you are ready, a slice at a time. There’s no point making your crisp buttery toast all soggy with stray bits of bean juice.

Carry your plates and drink (don’t forget the cutlery!) to your favourite seat.

Raw toast.
Raw toast.
Far too much bean juice.
Far too much bean juice.
Cooling my toast. A toast rack is a bit over indulgent for 2 slices.
Cooling my toast. A toast rack is a bit over indulgent for 2 slices.
Cooking releases even more bean juice. I drain this.
Cooking releases even more bean juice. I drain this.
Drained for better beans.
Drained for better beans.
Note the space for toast!
Note the space for toast!
Oops.
Oops.

Devour. Enjoy.

There. I’ve shared my beans on toast ritual. How do you eat yours?

Yum!
Yum!

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November 2016 - Update!

I became vegan not so long ago...so have finally substituted my beloved butter for sunflower spread. It took some getting used to, but I now find it just as delicious!

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      Kimberley Clarke 16 months ago from England

      Thank you Alicia...I feel better about my butter addiction already! Some people can't believe how much butter I can eat at one sitting. To me, it is the most delicious way to eat it! Cheers for stopping by!

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love beans on toast. It's one of my comfort foods, too! I love butter on toast as well. Thanks for creating this hub. I can certainly relate to it!

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      Kimberley Clarke 17 months ago from England

      Thank you so much Victoria - you have made me feel infinitely better about my butter issues!

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      Victoria Lynn 17 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks absolutely yummy! I love butter, too!