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Custard Toast Is an Actually Delicious TikTok Trend

Want dessert for breakfast? Try yogurt toast or custard toast, a TikTok recipe trend that tastes good, for once.

January 26, 2022
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TikTok’s mysterious algorithm churns out tons of viral recipes that get obscenely popular, some of them because they combine simplicity and flavor, others for their absurdity. But the most interesting of them take a cool idea, a super easy technique, and offer endless options for variation, because that is when the app really shows off what it does best: let millions of people showcase their own spin on an idea. The latest viral recipe to emerge, called #CustardToast or #YogurtToast, makes it easy to customize a piece of toast into a rich, sweet meal. The former hashtag has 3.3 million views and the latter 13.8 million views, with an incredible number of the videos going up just in the past few days—meaning we're dealing with feta-pasta or dalgona-coffee speeds of virality.

One of the original videos to show the technique, from user Moody Day, calls it “An easy cheesecake copycat”, summarizing the appeal of the dessert-like breakfast or snack. The catchy recipe starts with basic ingredients most folks have on hand, meaning they can make it as soon as the video inspires them: two slices of bread, a few spoonfuls of yogurt, one egg, a dollop of honey, and the fruit of your choice. Then you use a fork to flatten a little pool in the center of each slice of bread and stir together the wet ingredients. Fill the flat part of the bread with the mix, top it with the fruit, and slip it into an air fryer for about 10 minutes, or a 400°F oven for a bit longer, until the bread is crisp and the custard set.

Of course, that's just the starting point, as TikTok goes in with the usual slate of variations: first trying various types of fruit, then obviously a few vegan versions, and after that people start trading out the fruit for other flavors, like chocolate, tahini, or just confectioners' sugar sprinkled on top. The honey can become maple syrup, you can add cinnamon or other spices, turn the custard colors, or add protein powder; the world is your oyster! Speaking of oysters, brace yourself: It's only a matter of time before the savory versions start.

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HillJ January 27, 2022
Ok, in a pinch. BUT, this is much tastier and worth the extra steps.
trvlnsandy January 27, 2022
Smaug January 27, 2022
Sounds very much like a minor variation on French toast.
trvlnsandy January 27, 2022
sort of - but when my mother would make it the bread was toasted then buttered, and there was a pool of custard around it. Not much sugar except maybe sprinkled on the bread. I didn't look at the Tik-toks, so not sure how close they are to what she made. Might say French toast was a variation of custard toast, as easily. Wonder which came first.
trvlnsandy January 27, 2022
just looked. My mom's was better. Not sure why they take the center out.
Smaug January 27, 2022
French toast dates back to at least a Latin recipe from the first century and TicToc, though I'm not entirely sure what it is, goes back about 20 minutes, so I'd say French toast was probably first.It's generally made by dipping bread in an egg/milk/sugar/spice batter and frying it in butter.
trvlnsandy January 27, 2022
yeah, my mother, born in the 1920s, probably got the 'recipe' from Tik Tok rather than having it handed down to her
Smaug January 27, 2022
Perhaps, or maybe from Good Housekeeping. Closest I can find to any sort of a historical reference to "custard toast" is an undated but possibly old recipe from Land O' Lakes called "custard style French Toast", which is both baked and fried. Not so many people had ovens in the first century.
Janet M. February 4, 2022
During my childhood in the 50s, mom used just milk and egg for French toast--I've never heard of custard toast until just now, although, of course, milk and egg equals custard. I've always added a small amount of sugar for better caramelization, a dash of cinnamon (although I like nutmeg, my family prefers cinnamon), and a few drops of vanilla. Always fry in butter! My rough recipe is 1 egg, 1/4-1/3 c milk, 1/2 tsp sugar mixed with generous dash of spice (to keep the spice mixed into the "batter"), and 1/8-1/4 tsp vanilla per person. I can't be precise, because I just eyeball everything in such a common breakfast food. I doubt those Romans called it "French" toast, however.
Smaug February 4, 2022
"Gaulish" toast, no doubt, but the name somehow lacks panache.
trvlnsandy January 26, 2022
Growing up, when we were sick custard toast was what my mother would fix us. This brings back memories. Big time comfort food for me