Simplicity never tasted so sweet. Use sugar toast as a contrasting side dish to accompany savory breakfast items such as eggs and bacon; to add crunch to your daily yogurt and berries; or as a stand-alone snack that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth in just a few minutes longer than it takes to toast a slice of bread.

The fastest, most fuss-free way to make sugar toast is to toast the bread to a golden hue, slather it with butter and top it with a sprinkle of sugar. You have to work quickly so the butter melts into the bread.

As pointed out in a New York Times article, achieving perfect toast starts with taking the type of bread you’re using into consideration. Tender breads such as brioche quickly burn when toasted at high heat, while heartier breads such as semolina or ciabatta need a hotter setting to achieve perfect crunch. If you’re unsure, set the toaster or toaster oven to a setting just slightly darker than light, and carefully monitor the bread. It’s better to have to toast the bread twice than start all over because the bread burned.

Harnessing the power of your oven lets you make delicious toast even if you don’t own a toaster. It’s also one of the fastest ways to make toast for a crowd. Finishing the dish under the broiler adds a rich, slightly caramelized flavor and texture.

Tips

Use raw, brown or granulated sugar to customize sugar toast. You also may add spices such as cinnamon, allspice, ginger or nutmeg to complement the sweet toast and create different flavors. According to The kitchn, using 1 tablespoon of dried spices for every 1/4 cup of sugar gives you an ideal balance of sweetness and spice.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make eight slices of sugar toast, combine one stick of softened butter and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl. Use a fork or spoon to mix it together before spreading the mixture evenly on one side of each slice of bread. Arrange the buttered bread on a baking sheet and bake it for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet and adjust your oven rack so the bread is approximately 6 inches from the broiler. Put the baking sheet back into the oven and broil the toast for one to three minutes, until the top of the bread is golden and bubbling.