In a world where we tend to overcomplicate food, there’s nothing quite like a crisp, crunchy piece of toast.
Not convoluted, not pretentious. Just one simple ingredient and minimal preparation.
Whether you are a bread-and-butter purist or you like to assemble more gourmet bites, you need a perfectly toasted piece of bread to serve as a canvas for your creation.
We all know why we toast bread, but what is the best way to do it?
Today we’re looking at some science behind the toasting process, offer some classic methods to toast bread, and give you the best way to make toast in the oven.
Finally, we’ll talk about bread, and definitively decide which type makes the best toast. Let’s go!
How does bread toast?
From our perspective, it seems like a simple process. You heat the bread from every angle and it turns a nice golden-brown color, which means it’s ready to munch.
But from a scientific perspective, there is way more than meets the eye during toasting.
According to a writeup from Science ABC, the browning and hardening of bread when exposed to concentrated heat is the result of a process known as the Maillard reaction.
Feel free to get multiple doctorate degrees so you can fully understand the science behind it, but for the rest of us, here are the basics:
- The natural amino acids (proteins) and starches (carbs) in bread are what gives it that distinctive durability and texture.
- When hit with high heat (250 to 250 degrees), the outer layers of the proteins and starches begin to connect and combine with one another.
- During this process, sugars such as lactose, glucose, and fructose are reduced and form entirely new compounds with nearby amino acids.
- The altered chemical structure of the starch and protein molecules creates new colors, flavors, and aromas in the bread, leaving us with a beautiful final product.
As you can see, the chemistry of toast is more complicated than you probably thought. We can thank French scientist Louis-Camille Maillard for figuring that one out!
An article from the Times of India claims that there are also health benefits to be had from toasting bread.
Reduced stomach ache, boosted energy and better absorption are a few possible upsides.
These may seem anecdotal, but we’re on board with the idea that toast is better for us than regular old bread!
The Maillard reaction is also seen when roasting coffee, garlic, and french-fried potatoes, but for now, let’s focus on bread.
What are the best methods for getting that nice, even layer of golden-brown goodness, and how do we ensure a consistent outcome every time?
Our good friend Maillard tells us that the ideal conditions for toasting bread include dry, even heat. That means minimizing moisture in the bread itself, as well as whatever tools you use.
The acidity of the environment also has an impact on the success of the chemical reaction, so if you can ensure neutral or alkaline conditions, that’s a great bonus.
In terms of method, what could be better than an old-fashioned vertical toaster appliance?
It’s amusing to watch your toast spring up from the blazing heat within, there are also some shortcomings. It’s never a guarantee that the bread will cook evenly, and you run the risk of burning your food if you mistime the clock.
We prefer to be able to see our bread as it heats up, letting us change course, flip and maneuver the bread around if need be.
In other words, a classic toaster is fun and easy, but there are better methods if achieving perfect toast is your goal.
According to the appliance pros at Electrolux, you can get the job done right with a pan on the stovetop and a bit of butter or oil.
Get that pan fired up on medium-high heat, then cook your bread for a minute or two on each side. That’s all it takes!
We love this method because of the control you have over the outcome. This is arguably your best bet for toasting bread that isn’t perfectly symmetrical or uniform in shape.
Mastering oven toast
If you don’t want to deal with plug-in toasters or don’t have the time to stand over the stove for five minutes straight, the oven is your new go-to for toasting bread.
By far the most efficient method of oven-toasting is the broiler, which blasts super-high heat direct from the top of your oven onto your chosen bread.
Since the temps are so extreme, the bread should not need any more than 2 minutes per side. Just be sure you set that timer right away because a few more seconds can burn.
If you’re dealing with a more delicate bread and need to move around the house, we suggest you heat the oven to 350 degrees and let the bread sit in the middle rack for about 10 minutes on each side.
This is also your best bet for reviving a loaf of bread from the fridge or freezer, since the slow, even heat will break down crystallized starches and bring it back to life.
With these basic guidelines, you can achieve an excellent, symmetrical toast for almost any bread, and the more you do it, the better your results.
The bread you use
While most bread will toast up at the same rate, your selection will come down to personal preference.
Sourdough lovers say that it provides the ultimate combo of crunch and chew, while whole wheat bread enthusiasts say that it brings the best out of the multigrain ingredients.
In truth, every bread has its pros and cons and takes on new characteristics when it gets blasted with enough heat.
But no matter which type of bread you stand, health priorities may prevent you from having your favorite toast.
Even healthier multi-grain bread is loaded with tons of carbohydrates and often contain unwanted additives as well, meaning they aren’t an option for the health-conscious or folks with specific dietary restrictions.
For keto warriors out there, toast is one of those simple pleasures that have to be sacrificed to stay on track.
That is what led us to create our game-changing Superfood bread.
We saw that too many people were missing out on toast and other bread-based delights, and decided to make a bread that works for everyone.
Take once glance at the nutritional profile of our bread, and you’ll see that it’s one of a kind.
Every slice contains six grams of protein, 11 grams of healthy fat, and only two net carbs.
That means even if you cap yourself at 20 daily carbs, you can enjoy this bread at every meal and still have a midnight snack if you want.
In terms of toasting, Superfood bread performs better than other gluten-free and low-carb products.
It cooks evenly, thoroughly and the flavor gains a nice nuttiness that reminds our fans of a classic whole-wheat sourdough.
Better yet, this bread is a perfect candidate for any toasting method, whether in the oven, on the stovetop, or in your favorite silver pop-o-matic toaster oven from the ‘70s.
Once toasted, this bread provides you with the taste, texture, and structure to make an infinite number of delicious creations.
Whether you are craving a simple piece of buttered toast or you have a heaping monstrosity of meat, veggies, and toppings in mind, our bread is ready to meet the challenge.
It’s a simple concept with a world of possibilities. Heat that bread fast, get it from every angle and voila: toast!
You can invest in some high-tech toaster technology, or you can do it in a pan or in the oven. Some resourceful folks can even make it happen over a campfire.
What’s more important is the bread you choose, since it can make or break your health goals. With so many carb-heavy options out there, it’s time for something different.
No matter how you decide to toast your bread, make sure you buy the stuff that helps you on your health journey, whether its a keto lifestyle, low carb commitment, or gluten-free.
If you’ve decided to turn over a new leaf with your health, Uprising’s Superfood Bread is here to keep toast on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our delivery method ensures that you always have fresh, healthy bread on deck, and you can easily store backup loaves in the fridge or freezer for an easy revival at any time.
We’ve got your questions answered over at the FAQ, and shoot us a message if you want to ask some more.
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