It’s really, really easy to burn toast to a crisp in the oven or broiler. But it’s also easy to do it right—you just have to know the right settings.
The key to avoiding burnt bread is to set the oven to broil. Also, keep the oven at a relatively low temperature—300 or 350 degrees Fahrenheit works best.
When using a broiler, use a higher temperature, around 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wait until the oven or broiler reaches the desired temp before placing the toast inside.
For extra flavor, add some butter to the bread prior to baking. Place bread on a flat baking pan, and then set the pan on the top rack. Two minutes per side is usually the most time you’ll need, but make sure to keep a close eye on the toast to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Toasting in the oven offers an advantage over using a traditional toaster: You can add flavors and texture. With the simple addition of butter and garlic powder, you’ve got garlic bread. Cheese and oregano transforms your roll into a tasty, cheesy treat. You can explore a whole host of other flavors which are impractical or impossible to achieve with a conventional toaster.
Try making your own crostini—all you have to do is cut thin slices of bread, sprinkle olive oil on top, and cover with toppings like chopped tomatoes and basil or mushrooms and thyme. Bake the pieces for a few moments until the bread turns golden and crispy. Homemade toast or crostini also makes a great party appetizer—just make bite-sized morsels and they’ll be a definite crowd-pleaser.