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If you have ever attempted to make toast in the oven without knowing how, then you know that the result can be a burnt, inedible mess. Making delicious, perfectly crisp toast in an oven or broiler isn't difficult; you just have to know how to set your oven.

Set to Broil and Set the Temperature

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The key to avoiding burnt pieces of bread is to set the oven to broil. Also, make sure you keep the oven on a relatively low temperature--300 for 350 degrees Fahrenheit works best. For broilers, it is best to use a slightly higher temperature, somewhere around 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Wait until the oven is at the proper temperature before placing the toast inside.

Broiling Your Toast

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The best way to put your toast into the oven is to use a flat baking pan, although almost any baking container will do, provided that it is oven safe. For extra flavor, add some butter to the toast prior to baking. Put the pan on the top rack and stay close to the oven. Two minutes per side is usually the most time you will need, but make sure to keep a close eye on the toast. It will toast quickly.

Additional Flavors

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Toasting in the oven offers an advantage over the traditional toaster: You can add flavors and texture to the toast. With the simple addition of butter slices and garlic powder, your plain bread becomes garlic bread. Cheese and oregano will transform your roll into a tasty, cheesy treat. You can explore a whole host of flavors which are impractical or impossible with your conventional toaster. Top chefs use the oven to prepare crostini, a topped toast treat that is easy to do yourself. Chef Kristian Niemi states South Carolina's The State: "There's no reason people can't make their own." All you have to do is cut thin slices of bread, dab them in olive oil, and cover with toppings. While some chefs recommend completely covering all sides of the bread in olive oil or butter, others recommend oiling or buttering only one side. Health conscious cooks may want to restrict their butter or oil, and it is still possible to prepare the dish with less, so use your best judgment. More important than the butter are the toppings, the trick is to pile on fresh, complimentary ingredients, like tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese, or mushrooms and thyme. Bake a few moments until the bread has gotten crispy and brown, and your delectable treats are ready to eat. Your homemade toast or crostini also makes a great appetizer for parties if you prepare them in bite-sized morsels.

About the Author

Corey Hill

Corey Hill is a writer and political activist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began writing professionally in 2003 and has published articles in "The Alameda Sun," "Drink Me Magazine," "Common Ground Magazine," Alternet and "The East Bay Express."