- Food and Cooking
How to Make Perfect Toast!
More than 80% of the population has a toaster - do you?
History of Toast
The Egyptians are credited for discovering that bread, left outside in the scortching heat would eventually brown. It dried out and hardened. They learned that it helped to preserve the bread and provided a longer shelf life.
The Romans used toasted bread to sop up juices in soups or stew type meals. The bread absorbed the liquid without breaking it down into mushy pieces. Before long, toasted bread was used to spread jams, jellies, butters and spreads.
I have had a request from the audience to break down the cooking instructions so my friends (you know the other 'real' housewives?) could learn to cook. I decided since Kim Zolciak of Orange County just learned to spell C-A-T, we should go ahead and start with the basics. Toast.
It might not be as easy as it sounds and making toast can be dangerous. So for all you new cooks pay attention! Don't hurt yourself or burn those nails! At the end of this hub you WILL be able to make your own perfectly toasted bread and a few suggestions to bedazzle your company (or your big poppa) with an array of toast and spreads.
- 2 Slices Bread, White, Rye, Wheat, Whole Grain
- Butter, optional
- Jam, optional
- Jelly, optional
Blueberries and Cream Cheese!
- Insert 2 slices of bread into the toaster.
- Push the lever on the toaster down until it stays there.
- Wait for the bread to pop up! (You do not have to do anything - it will pop up when it is done!)
- CAUTION: Bread will be very hot. If it gets stuck INSIDE the toaster - do not try to remove it with a fork, knife or other metal object until you have unplugged the appliance!
- Add butter, spreads or eat your toast plain!
You can make toast in the oven!
Dress up your toast!
Toast topping ideas:
- roast beef and cheese
- roast beef, cheese, green pepper and onion
- corned beef and white breakfast gravy
- ham and cheese
- peanut butter
- bacon, lettuce and tomato
- tuna salad
- egg salad
- ham salad
- fried egg
- poached egg, cheese and bacon or sausage
Toast and Nutrition
A chemical reaction can occur during the toasting process between carbohydrates and amino acids. The results are interesting.
White and Rye bread retain the same calorie count toasted or untoasted. Wheat bread gains 2 or 3 calories when toasted and Raisin bread loses about 4 calories when toasted.
Toasted bread contains more fiber than untoasted bread.
After you have mastered how to make toast in the toaster - you can make it in the oven, on the grill or even in a fry pan. You can get really fancy and add cinnamon and sugar but don't be too overzealous. You should learn to use that toaster first before you try to accomplish more difficult culinary feats.
And wait...there's more! Not only can you toast white bread, you can also learn to toast bagels, English muffins and other types of bread products!
NOTE: Housewives, I did not include instructions for French toast today. French toast isn't actually "just" toast. It contains and egg product and you can kill someone with an egg so lets wait until you are more practiced to go into French Toast. It will require the explanation of Salmonella and since we might encounter words with silent letters we shall not stress the ladies out too much today.
Practice makes perfect!
"I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up." ~Julia Childs
Housewives - this is PIE that even you can tackle!
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