April 1, 2014 at 1:46 PM ET
Remember the cinnamon toast you ate as a kid? It's now going for $4 a pop at trendy cafés, and new restaurants are even featuring toast menus. Our advice? Save your cash and make these delicious toasts, topped with all kind of sweet and savory ingredients, in the comfort of your own kitchen.
If you never thought you actually needed a recipe for cinnamon toast, think again. This recipe walks you through the wrong ways to make the breakfast classic—and reveals the method that will get you crisp, perfectly caramelized results every time.
Take basic avocado toast up a notch with this recipe. Start with a piece of multigrain bread, top it with ripe avocado, drizzle with high-quality olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, chili pepper flakes and crushed pistachios.
For a breakfast that doubles as dessert, try this Spanish-inspired treat. Toast thickly cut slices of crusty bread and soak them in extra-virgin olive oil before topping them with chocolate. Pop the slices into the oven until the chocolate softens, then sprinkle with sea salt. Pair with coffee—or wine—for a decadent snack.
For a bracing sweet-and-savory contrast, smear a few spoonfuls of citrusy marmalade over cream cheese on slices of crunchy toast.
Why settle for one kind of butter when you can have two? This recipe blends the flavors of almonds and coconut with a hint of cinnamon for an ultra-rich toast topping.
Bored with basic cinnamon toast? Top cinnamon-buttered slices of brioche toast with crumbled goat cheese and drizzle with gooey butterscotch sauce. Then call up some friends; this toast is way too scrumptious to keep to yourself.
Why didn’t we think of this before? Take a creamy nut butter and mash it with banana, maple syrup and cinnamon, then add a sprinkle of peanuts for extra crunch.
Pears and blue cheese go perfectly together, and even more so when you drizzle them with honey—and pile everything on top of freshly toasted slices of crunchy baguette.
Sweet ricotta cheese is spread on toasted bread and topped with layers of sliced figs and cherries, twigs of thyme, and a drizzle of honey to make these elegant and absolutely irresistible toasts.