Two eyes and a big grin are all it takes to turn a piece of bread into Tubby toast, favorite food of the Teletubbies. Tinky Winky, Po, Laa-Laa and Dipsy, denizens of Teletubbyland, entertained preschoolers on their eponymous television program that aired originally from 1997 to 2001. "Teletubbies" fans delight in new episodes ordered by the BBC in 2014.
Make the Toast
Use an English muffin ring, cookie cutter or a jar with a large mouth to cut a piece of bread into a circle. Press down firmly and give the ring a sharp twist to cleanly cut off the crust. Discard the crust, feed it to the birds or freeze it for future use in stuffing or as bread crumbs. Use the tip of a sharp knife to cut small circles for eyes and a happy face-style grin. Pop the slice of bread into the toaster or toaster oven. If you’re cooking for a party of little kids, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, put toast slices on a cookie sheet and bake until the Tubby toast is the desired brownness. Turn the toast slices over once midway through the cooking time.
Since you probably don’t have a “tubby toast machine,” embellish the finished toast. Use hazelnut spread on the bread after it comes out of the oven or toaster to recreate Tubby toast’s uniformly brown appearance. Use raisins, blueberries or round chocolate or cinnamon candies for the eyes.
Native New Yorker Meg Jernigan stayed in Washington, D.C. after attending the George Washington University, and worked in the tourism industry with the National Park Service for many years. She’s a dedicated foodie with an extensive cookbook collection and years of experience in the kitchen. Jernigan’s recipes have been published online and in magazines like Southern Living.