How-To & Diy

3 Ways to Make Toast without a Toaster

December 16, 2014

This article is brought to you by our friends at Electrolux as part of an ongoing series focusing on seasonal ingredients for the holidays. This month we're talking chocolate.

Today: No toaster? No problem. Here are 3 alternative ways to make toast -- no special appliance required.

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Toast is an essential food: We love to smear it with butter, avocado, and nut butter; sprinkle it with flaky sea salt and red pepper flakes; drizzle it with olive oil and chocolate; and coat it in cinnamon-sugar. No matter what time of the day it is, toast is always a comforting and satisfying option. 

So what do you do if you don’t have a toaster -- or you need to serve toast to a crowd? Here are 3 alternative ways to toast bread:

Quick-toasting in the broiler: Set your oven to broil and place your toast on a sheet pan. Once the oven is preheated, put the sheet pan on the top rack of the oven, closest to the broiler. Keep an eye on the toast, as it will brown quickly, about 2 minutes on each side. (Be sure not to burn it.)


Slow-toasting in the oven: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Toast your bread on the middle rack of the oven, either on a sheet pan or directly on the grates, for about 10 minutes, flipping it halfway through. 


In a pan on the stovetop: Place a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, and drop in a pat of butter or a glug of olive oil. Cook the bread for a couple minutes on each side, or until it’s golden brown. (You can also dry-toast the bread in the skillet, but where’s the joy in that?) If you want to turn this into a chocolate sandwich, be sure to add your chocolate while your bread is still in the pan -- it will help speed along the melting process.

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Spark January 1, 2018
wtf i am doing here?
Deedledum November 16, 2015
A George Foreman grill works in a pinch too.
Una W. December 16, 2014
Toast is always an issue when we're camping. We have a tiny travel trailer, (really tiny, 5'x8') not fond of the camp toasters, we just grill our toast. I'll have to try the pan method, but usually the two burners are occupied. Coffee is very important!