With a toaster, you only need to adjust the control knob to make the toast light or dark, and wait for the toaster to do its job. Without the handy device, you need to keep your eye on the bread almost constantly throughout the toasting process, no matter which method of cooking you choose. If your attention wanders, your toast can go from golden brown to charcoal in seconds.
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Toasting in the oven is the simplest method when you don't have a toaster. Lay multiple slices of bread on a cookie sheet, and bake them in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 3 minutes per side.
Oven toasting also allows you to identify hot spots in your oven; some pieces of toast may brown more quickly than others, depending on their location in the oven. Rotate the pieces of bread so they all toast evenly. Next time you bake, rotate cookies or cake pans in the same way.
Use your broiler set on high, with the rack at the second-highest level, as an alternative to baking. Broiling takes about 2 minutes per side and requires you to pay very close attention to help ensure that the bread doesn't burn.
Either a grill pan with raised ridges or a flat skillet work for toasting bread on the stove top. Light sandwich bread or thinly sliced bread of any kind, takes 1 to 2 minutes per side placed in a pan heated to medium high. For thickly sliced bread, heat the pan to low; place the bread in the pan, and then cover it with a domed pot lid and let the bread toast slowly for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Pan toasting works best it you butter the bread before toasting it. The butter helps create a golden brown color and rich taste.
You have a choice when it comes to grilling toast on your barbecue or over an open fire when camping:
- Lay the bread directly on the grill, and flip it after 1 to 3 minutes, depending on its distance from the charcoal or flames.
- Use a camp toaster, a gadget available in camping stores, and place it on top of the grill. Some camp toasters hold the bread upright with metal prongs and others hold the bread in a flat metal basket; both types of camp toasters require you to flip the toast halfway through cooking.
Let your grilled bread get a slight char around the edges for added flavor and to contrast with the rich flavor of butter or jam.