Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the most delectable desserts.
In the case of honey toast, a popular Japanese dessert, the ingredients are deceivingly simple. It's a creative take on toast that's similar to french toast, but not quite. It involves toast, butter, honey, and vanilla ice cream! The richness of the buttery crisp toast is smoothed by the cool ice cream and the honey adds sweetness to the entire dessert. It's very filling, and if you add fruit - whether it be strawberries or fresh peaches, you're in for a treat.
I first encountered honey toast at a family friend's, and trust me we were hooked. Apparently it's often served in Japan, but typically looks more like this
I don't have a set recipe for honey toast, but this is typically what we do when we make it:Ingredients:
- a loaf of bread, thick and fluffy. Think of the kind that you would use for french toast.
- vanilla ice cream
- fresh peaches are optional
Have you heard of honey toast? Do you have a recipe for it?photo credit goes to my dad!
- Carefully hollow out a loaf of bread leaving crust intact using a small serrated knife
- Cut the inner bread loaf and divide into large cubes that can be reassembled into the loaf. Make 4-6 cubes.
- Sauté each cube in melted butter until each cube is toasty brown in all sides
- Insert the cubes back into the loaf crust to re-assemble. Additional cubes may be required to fill the crust as the cubes tend to shrink after toasting
- Warm the crust and cubes in the oven at 300F for a few minutes to warm throughout, and toast the outer crust a bit
- Pour a cup (or more) of honey into the warm loaf before serving. A scoop of ice cream, fruit, and syrups can be added for presentation.