Skip Nav
Holiday Food
This 2-Minute Hot Chocolate Mug Cake Will Nourish Your Soul
Cooking Basics
The Biggest Mistake People Make When Reading a Recipe, According to Alton Brown
Food News
What Really Happens Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Reality Food Shows

How to Make the Best Toast

The Art of Perfect Toast

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

Keep reading to learn how to make perfect toast.

The six steps to perfect toast:

  1. Turn your toaster oven to the toast setting, place the slice of bread on the rack in the toaster oven, and toast until the bread has just begun to hint at browning.
  2. Spread a generous pat of butter over every square inch of one side of the bread, nestling it in every nook and cranny.
  3. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  4. Return the bread to the oven and cook until the butter is bubbly, the bread (and more importantly the butter) is a deep golden brown, and the bread is crisp on the outside, but tender inside.
  5. Spread with jam or fruit (if using) for a sweet, salty, and buttery treat. Alternatively, dust with a few cracks of black pepper.
  6. Enjoy, repeat, and tinker until you find your perfect toast formula.
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Angelica Angelica 3 years
Great tips! Sea salt really makes the toast for me!
Chef Gordon Ramsay's Best Burger Tips
Tyler Florence's Mashed Potatoes Recipe
How to Keep Lemons Fresh Longer
Giada De Laurentiis's Italian Cooking Tips
How Chefs Make Grilled Cheese
Chrissy Teigen's Cooking Tips
How Chefs Make Scrambled Eggs

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds