October 4, 2013 by talkaboutyork
I once read a blog post (I can’t remember which) that had a list titled ‘How do you know that you are a married to a Brit?’ One of the quirks of Britishness that was highlighted was the desire to eat cold toast.
I thought about that for a while. Did my husband really enjoy eating cold toast? I had honestly never really noticed. So I began to take a keener interest in his toast eating habits.
When I make toast, I yank it out of the toaster with great speed, often burning my fingers in the process. I have the butter and knife at the ready so that a good slathering of butter can be applied immediately, thus resulting in maximum meltage. This makes it far easier to spread the marmite (which is the only suitable topping for toast*).
The only time I do not eat toast hot is when I stay at a British B&B or hotel where toast is served in a toast rack. (*This is also the only time it is acceptable not to have marmite but to have preserves in tiny little glass jars instead). Cold toast taken from a toast rack has a special chewiness to it which is rather pleasing. It allows you to spread butter thickly on the toast, upon which your preserves or marmalade can proudly be displayed.
I am trying to decide whether cold toast actually is better than warm toast, or whether it’s simply the fact that I haven’t had to make the toast and it is served to me, normally with a side of eggs, bacon and fried tomato and a pot of coffee, which makes it taste special. Cold toast on a toast rack may simply be riding the coat tails of a full English fry up…
Anyway, back to my husband. I began to notice that he did indeed make his toast and leave it lying about, completely unadorned for several minutes (up to fifteen minutes at times!) He occasionally wafts it in the air if he is short on time, in a bid to cool it more quickly. Otherwise he builds a toast teepee as shown above. This is apparently the optimal cooling pose for toast as it prevents a soggy bottom (and for anyone familiar with the Great British Bake Off, a soggy bottom is NEVER a good thing).
It appears he really does prefer his toast cold. I put the question to Facebook friends, asking for their opinions on which is preferable – toast hot or cold – and asking for their nationalities. I am still waiting for further votes. But so far hot toast seems to be winning regardless of where the toast eater is from.
So please join in blogosphere. Do you eat your toast hot or cold? And where are you from? Incidentally, if there are any toast rack companies out there in need of a review, I am sure my husband would be happy to oblige.