Some people may think toast is only good for buttering and spreading with jam, but this National Toast Day we are challenging toast perceptions and introducing you to some of the delicious and imaginative recipes you can make with the humble slice of toast.
So next time you're in need of a breakfast to impress, or a dinner party starter with the wow factor, don't dismiss a slice of toast. Check out our top toasted treats...
Roasted banana smash toast
Smash toast was the breakfast trend of 2017, and it's still going strong on Instagram. If you haven't heard of it before, smash toast is created by smashing up any delicious flavour combination and serving on top a slice of toast of your choice. We love the original avocado smashed toast with a squeeze of lemon and some fresh chilli, but our new favourite combination is this roasted and caramelised banana smash toast served on mascarpone and scattered with chopped pistachios - breakfast perfection.
Sourdough French toast
Tom Daley knows a thing or two about how to eat a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, and his sourdough French toast recipe with spinach is a thing of beauty. Sourdough bread works really well for French toast as it holds its shape well and gets lovely crusty edges when fried. The addition of the nutmeg adds another flavour dimension to the iron-rich spinach. Be like Tom and try it this weekend...
Poached egg and asparagus on toast
Bacon and egg like you've never seen it before. This brunch recipe is super easy, and looks restaurant-worthy when plated up. Simply bake bundles of asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and oil, before serving on toasted or griddled ciabatta and topping with a runny poached egg. The charring on the bread goes really nicely with the sweetness of the roasted vegetables and saltiness of the prosciutto.
Garlic mushrooms on toasted French bread
Searching for a new lunch idea? This vegetarian recipe is really easy to make but looks great and tastes even better! Mushrooms, garlic, crème fraîche and parsley are combined before pouring over toasted baguette. Try this as a dinner party starter - it's really easy to scale up the recipe to suit any number of guests.
Watercress and Feta Flatbreads With Za-Atar
It's not just your classic white Farmhouse loaf that can be made into delicious toast. Pittas make for a delicious crunchy base that can be sliced and dipped, or served whole and topped with your choice of flavours. This Middle-Eastern inspired recipe combines tangy feta with peppery watercress and za-atar, which is a spice mix made up of hyssop, sumac, sesame and salt. If you prefer, you can make this dish into a salad with chunks of pitta torn up and thrown into the leaves.
Classic tomato bruschetta
This classic Italian lunch is an example of delicious Mediterranean simplicity. Toasted ciabatta is rubbed with garlic before being topped with chopped tomatoes, red onion, balsamic vinegar and basil. A flavour combination that can't be beaten, and will set you back mere pennies.