Robin Anish: Fancy, sugary toast is ultimate comfort food

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I don't often eat toast. I like toast. I'm just not much of a breakfast person, so I suppose that's why I don't often eat toast. But, I've been craving toast lately.

My mother would always give me burnt toast to settle an upset stomach when I was a kid and I always felt better. Perhaps, it's the need for comfort during an uncomfortable time that is stimulating my toast craving.

I like my toast with lots of butter and marmalade. But, there are plenty of other delicious ways to gussy up toast. I found some great ideas to share that go way beyond just butter, jam or flavored cream cheese.

Lets start with ... I was going to say something the kids would love but, really, who wouldn't love butter, sugar and chocolate melted all over their toast?

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE TOAST

Butter slices of white or cinnamon bread. Sprinkle each with granulated sugar and chocolate chips as desired. Bake on a cookie sheet at 425 degrees F until bread is toasted and chocolate is just slightly melted. Watch carefully, burnt chocolate is not tasty.

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Here's a good one for lunch, or top it off with a fried egg and call it brunch.

TOMATO-CHEDDAR TOAST

Cook and stir 1 tablespoon tomato paste in 1/2 stick butter over medium heat until it thickens a bit, about 2 to 3 minutes; add a good dash of Worcestershire sauce. Spread on 4 slices of toasted white or rye bread. Top with shredded sharp cheddar; broil until the cheese melts.

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Another savory toast that would be great for lunch ...

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FRENCH ONION TOAST

Slowly cook 2 large sliced onions in 2 tablespoons each of butter and olive oil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked down and caramelized about 45 minutes; season with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Speed over 4 slices toasted white bread; top with shredded Gruyere or a favorite cheese. Broil until the cheese melts.

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The kids will like mixing up this nutritious toast recipe:

PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA AND HONEY TOAST

DIRECTIONS:

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1 banana, sliced

4 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

1-2 tablespoons honey, to taste

a healthy pinch of cinnamon

INGREDIENTS:

In a small bowl, mash together peanut butter, honey, and banana until blended but with some bits of banana remaining. Spread on warm toast.

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Everyone's favorite, cinnamon sugar toast, but with a little something extra, vanilla, a must ingredient according to The Pioneer Woman whose recipe this is.

CINNAMON SUGAR TOAST

INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 slices white or wheat bread

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine first four ingredients until smooth. Spread on slices of bread, completely covering the surface. Place bread on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes then broil briefly until golden brown and bubbling. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Cool slightly before eating; the sugar gets really hot.

Be well everyone and eat toast!


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