Cheers! Here’s a “toast” to traditional British cooking. But this toast doesn’t refer to a friendly salute over a drink or addressing a crowd with a speech or homage, it’s literally toasted as in the grilled bread.
More toast is eaten in Britain than any other food. In essence, it’s fast food that you can make yourself in only a few minutes.
Toast is healthier than most fast food as well because it’s not fried or loaded down with fat.
However, even though British people love toast just on their own, they also love to eat recipes made with this staple.
The following are three traditional British recipes using toast as the main ingredient. You can treat four to six people per recipe to a little bit of British history.
Recipe 1: Cheese and Onion on Toast
4 slices of bread
4 ounces of grated cheddar cheese
2 ounces of unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Melt butter in a saucepan without allowing it to brown, and add pepper.
2. Add the cornflour and beat into a sauce-like consistency.
3. Gradually add the milk and continue to cook over medium heat until the sauce has thickened.
4. Add the grated cheese and mix in well.
5. Add the chopped onions and cook gently for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Toast the bread.
7. Spread the cheese and onion mixture onto the toast and broil until golden brown.
Recipe 2: Beans on Toast
6 slices of bread
1 can of baked beans
One red pepper
One white onion
Crushed red hot pepper flakes
1. Sautee the chopped red pepper, onion, garlic, and red pepper in a pan.
2. Add the diced tomatoes and the beans, along with the hot red pepper flakes.
3. Toast the bread in a toaster oven with a little olive oil drizzled on top.
4. Put the sliced toast on serving plates and pour the beans and vegetables from the pan onto the toast.
Recipe 3: Dorset Cream Toast
6 slices of French bread
1/4 pint single cream
1 egg yolk
2 whole eggs
1 teaspoon sugar
Zest of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 ounce butter for frying
2 tablespoons Sunflower oil for frying
1 orange quartered
1. Beat the cream and egg yolk together with the sugar and the lemon zest.
2. Pour this mixture over the bread and let it soak in.
3. Beat the eggs lightly in a bowl.
4. Dip the slices of bread into the beaten egg.
5. Fry the egg-coated bread on each side in butter and oil until golden brown.
Serve like pancakes with icing sugar and quarters of orange to squeeze onto the toasts.
Although these recipes are all quite simple, you will also find them very tasty. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and experience a little bit of Britain with every bite.