Who says Halloween food only comes out at night? With a little creativity, you can transform everyday toast into a spooky, spiced, and sweet indulgence: ghost toast. While this buttery breakfast bite might look like it requires a supersteady hand or special tools, that's far from the case. Aside from four common ingredients (bread, butter, cinnamon, and sugar), all you'll need is a sheet of tinfoil, a pair of scissors (or, better yet, a utility knife), and a tiny bit of patience. Learn how to make ghost toast.
Bust breakfast boredom with this satisfying snack: ricotta honey toast. Extremely simple to make — it only requires three ingredients and a few minutes of your time — it's a perfect solution if you find yourself skipping breakfast from lack of time or enthusiasm. Go the sweet and simple route, as described in the recipe, or brighten and heighten flavors with a pinch of orange or lemon zest mixed into the ricotta. Is savory more your thing? Add edge with a few cracks of pepper. Or top it with berries (smashed or sliced) for a fruity kick. Intrigued? Get the recipe.
Meet my current go-to snack, breakfast, and late-night treat: maple-ginger almond butter. Slathered on toast (as here), used as a dip for tart apple slices (pink lady are my favorite), or — let's be real — savored with a spoon, this spicy-salty-sweet spread satisfies. One bite of this upgraded almond butter and you'll be as hooked as I am. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to make, so what are you waiting for?
Before we proceed, the instructions I'm about to expound upon are not for the most convenient way to make toast. Rather, this is how to make the platonic ideal of toast. While that is not to say that other methods are bad, unsatisfying, or wrong, you should follow these steps when nothing but the best will suffice.
Here's what you'll need:
- A toaster oven
- Your favorite bread
- The best unsalted butter you can get your hands on, at room temperature
- Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel
- Jam, marmalade, or preserves (optional) if you're jonesing for a sweet and salty breakfast treat
- Black pepper (optional), for savory toast
A piece of whole-grain toast in the morning is a quick, no-fuss breakfast. But when you add the usual toppings of butter and jam, it becomes a vehicle for refined sugar and saturated fat. Pass on empty calories and make your toast with one of these protein-packed and heart-healthy toppings. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all!
Crostini translates to "little toasts" and generally refers to small pieces of bread that are baked. These toasts are then topped with a variety of ingredients like cheese, vegetables, meat, or seafood.
Bruschetta, on the other hand, is a larger piece of bread that is cooked over coals or a grill. Bruschetta can be rubbed with garlic and is traditionally served freshly charred. Like crostini, bruschetta can be topped with a wide range of items. What do you like to top yours with?
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However, I don't mind a little char, and instead of tossing the burnt bread into the compost bin, I scraped it off and ate it.
What do you do with burnt toast?
- Use a butter knife to cut a sliver or small pat of cold butter. Place on a piece of toast.
- Cover with another piece of toast, creating a stack.
- Wait a minute for the butter to melt. Move the top slice to the bottom. Wait another minute.
- Once the butter is warm, spread to cover the toast with the knife.
How do you warm cold butter for toast?