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Survey: What is your favor condiment for toast?

So what do you like to put on your toast?

Butter? Almond butter? Jam and jelly? Powder sugar? Maple syrup? Salmon roe?


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    1. my own homemade nut butter and apricot jam

      1. Butter, sugar and cinnamon. For obvious reasons, it's not how I actually eat it most of the time!

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        1. re: CanadaGirl

          A favorite childhood treat that I haven't had in decades. How do you make it?

          My Mother would make a spread of butter, sugar and cinnamon, maybe some brown sugar? I'm not sure, spread it on thick and broil it under the stove-top broiler on her Chambers range until the topping was browned and bubbly. They you let it cool down and set a bit before eating. We didn't even own a toaster so 'toast' was always broiled, anyway.

          Probably at least 300-400 calories per slice.

          1. re: CanadaGirl

            That's my go-to breakfast when I visit my parents. I spread soft butter on thick slices of white bread, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then toast. I rarely have white bread at home, but my parents do, so I have built in moderation.

            1. re: mpjmph

              That's backwards from our method. I toast the bread, slather with butter and then top with lots cinnamon sugar (50/50 ratio). Any extra cinnamon sugar gets tapped off. The result is a crunchy bit of toast with a pretty thick layer of spicy and sugary goodness on top. Delicious, but oh so decadent.

              I must say, though, the idea of broiling after adding the cinnamon sugar is intriguing...,

              1. re: CanadaGirl

                sweet memoires, thats how we did it too. so good. especially on a cold morning with a cup of hot cocoa.

                for toast now: sometimes peanut butter, most of the time just jelly or jam, if i'm being decadent i LOVE butter, but usually omit it. :-(

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  When at camp in northern Wisconsin as a kid, we were always given oatmeal and cinnamon toast for breakfast. I put brown sugar or maple syrup on the oatmeal, and then eat the cinnamon toast - now for nostalgic reasons, repeat at home.

          2. Roasted Almond Butter from Costco and Honey

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            1. re: vegiefudie

              What is so special about Costco? Is its almond butter that much better?

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                The price is what's special: $6.49 for a 26-oz jar of Maranatha. Most stores charge $7 or $8 for a small 12-oz jar. But I'm actually not crazy about it anymore - it's really runny, and I stopped buying it after they switched from glass jars to plastic. Now I stick with Trader Joe's in the glass jar, and at $5.99 for 16 oz it's still a better deal than most stores (Whole Foods 365 brand is the same price, but I don't like theirs as much).

                Back on topic, I don't eat bread anymore. But I used to LOVE toast, and my favorite toppings were:
                - butter
                - butter & cinnamon sugar
                - apricot or sour cherry preserves
                - PB or almond butter (honey & cinnamon optional)
                - butter and melted muenster

            2. I almost never eat toast at home but when I go out and it comes with the breakfast I order, I am hoping for strawberry or apple jelly. Usually no butter.

              1. Butter and strawberry jam. Yum :)

                1. Assuming this excludes crostini, I would say it depends on the bread. If the bread is white and thick, it would be my homemade strawberry balsamic jam or drizzled with oil and sprinkled with fleur de sel. If thin and grainy, butter and homemade nut butters.

                      1. Butter or cream cheese, plus Stonewall Farms Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam, especially if the toast is a multigrain English muffin.

                        1. At home, pretty much regardless of the kind of bread, butter. I am seldom served toast away from home so that would probably be the choice, too, unless there's some really good preserves or jam.

                          At a Polish restaurant here, smalec!

                          If the toast is to be used to sop up runny yolks or something else, then nothing.

                          If I'm going to use a preserve at home of any sort, it would be home-made; first choice, fig preserves, piled on just a few bites.

                          1. salted butter with a schmear of tiptree strawberry preserves

                            1. Ok, I should respond to this post as well. I love many different condiments for toasts. Nutella, black currant jam, almond butter...etc. However, I was thinking hard about this question, and I think I can get bored of certain condiments after awhile. For example, I was using almond butter, and I loved it, but after awhile, it just seems old.

                              At the end, I think "Salted butter" is probably the one condiment which I love and can never get bored of.

                              Thanks for all your interesting responses thus far.

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                                1. re: linguafood

                                  That is a full blown BLT sandwich :) By the way, when I was in California, I have only seen BLTA (A= avacado), and I have never seen the word BLT until I moved out of California -- true story.

                                    1. re: laliz

                                      The only way I will eat a BLT is if it is a BLAT! So good, the avocado perfectly compliments the saltiness/smokiness of the bacon.

                                2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  +1...butter never gets "old". When I was a kid...homemade bread, slightly toasted, a shmear of lard, paprika and a dash of salt.

                                  1. Peanut butter, of course!

                                    1. I prefer my toast au naturale.

                                      Barring that, egg yolks from a fried egg.

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                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        I agree totally with this sentiment. My toast is naked or dipped in runny egg yolks.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          I totally agree. However, if there is no egg yolk, then a little butter on the toast.

                                        2. peanut or almond butter

                                          1. Thought of another. Morello cherry preserves from the Mediterranean. Heavenly.

                                            Ooooh...and wild sage pinenut honey...

                                            1. +1 on the Avocado. Half avocado, sliced, with a sprinkle of salt = yum.

                                              Another fave is slices of mature cheddar.

                                              Savory over sweet for me!

                                              1. Disregard what else I said. My all-time favourite is Welsh Rarebit - cream, beaten egg, lots of good aged Cheddar, Worcestershire - and broiled until gooey (bread pre-toasted). Guiness is also traditional but I cannot have gluten. So, I sneak in a touch of non-traditional bacon jam. This makes my heart sing!

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                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                  <Guiness is also traditional but I cannot have gluten>

                                                  ? you soak your toast in beer?

                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                    A bit of Guiness goes into the cream/egg et. al. blend and all is melted over toast. Wish I could have it..sigh...oh, well. Great with the bacon jam! :)

                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                      Oh I see. thanks. I thought those are two separate methods.

                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                        No, just one method. I highly recommend trying it - it is incredibly addictive. More Worcestershire can be drizzled over all at the end as well.

                                                2. Peanut butter and honey on top of butter
                                                  Homemade strawberry jam on top of butter
                                                  Cinnamon sugar on top of butter
                                                  Orange marmalade on top of butter
                                                  Scrambled eggs

                                                  1. Butter and my homemade jam, any flavor
                                                    Peanut butter (especially on cinnamon bread)

                                                    1. Salted butter and honey. Unless it's rye bread, just butter for that.

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                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                          Mmm. I love whipped cream cheese on rye. Reminds me of a pumpernickel bagel. I can't get good bagels here in NC and I miss them. I can't really get good rye either. :(

                                                        2. I love cinnamon raisin toast with cream cheese (or any cheese). Delicious. Otherwise I really love butter and jam on toast.

                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                              I like Kerrygold Herb Butter. And I'm sorry if my previous post offended anyone.

                                                            2. honey (but goat cheese & honey even more).

                                                              1. Depends what kind of toast...
                                                                Whole wheat with walnuts and molasses...orange marmalade and butter
                                                                Home made white sweetened with honey... Butter and spiced gooseberry preserves
                                                                Rye... Butter and apricot almond marmalade
                                                                English muffin...Rose's lime marmalade, lemon curd, or cherry preserves...and, of course, butter
                                                                Store bought white...margarine.

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                                                                1. re: tim irvine

                                                                  Have you tried the Rose's lemon and lime marmalade? Other brands using this mix are available here in the UK.

                                                                  1. re: cathodetube

                                                                    Rose's Marmalade isn't too common in the US. Stonewall Kitchen and Tiptree are pretty readily available in NY & California, but I've always been offended by the unreasonably high price of Stonewall Kitchen products so I don't buy them. Tiptree is lovely - I'm particularly fond of the grapefruit marmalade.

                                                                      1. re: cathodetube

                                                                        It is, which is why it's easy to find here. I didn't mean to imply that it was a British product, just that it's one of the decent marmalades that are readily available in the U.S.

                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                          Maybe try going to an Aldi, or a Lidl if you have them where you are. Some of their jams and marmalades are good, but not sure if they would have the same stock there as here. I also like some of the Italian citrus marmalades I have found here.

                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        I just had a look on amazon.com and there is a fair selection of Rose's marmalades available.

                                                                        1. re: cathodetube

                                                                          Oh, I know. I was talking about availability in stores. But thanks :)

                                                                    1. My fave is Peanut butter and honey (preferably creamed honey, not runny honey).

                                                                      Other toppings I eat:
                                                                      Peanut butter and cherry jam
                                                                      Peanut butter and strawberry or raspberry jam
                                                                      Butter and cinnamon sugar
                                                                      Cottage cheese and garlic salt

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                                                                      1. re: Blush

                                                                        Your last one reminded me - Friendship Whipped Cottage Cheese is wonderful on whole wheat toast.

                                                                      2. Depends on the toast.

                                                                        For rye - butter only.

                                                                        For white, whole grain, or wheat - butter alone, or butter with good preserves or honey. (Sometimes I'll have whole-wheat toast with plain cottage cheese on top for a quick breakfast.)

                                                                        For Raisin or Cinnamon-Raisin - cream cheese.

                                                                        1. Butter, then jam or honey. Cinnamon sugar is good, too, but I like using brown sugar more than white, which means putting it together at the last minute.

                                                                          I could be such a toast addict, I have never owned a toaster.

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                                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                                            <I could be such a toast addict, I have never owned a toaster.>

                                                                            So do you use a toaster oven?

                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                              Nope. No toast. No toaster. No toaster oven.

                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                Wait, but you said that you are a toast addict. So how to do fix your addiction? :) Also you said about cinnamon sugar too. Does it mean you no longer eat toast and that the cinnamon sugar thing is the thing of the past? Thanks.

                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                  It's when I visit others that I eat toast. Then I let myself go. It's otherwise part of my past.

                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                    Although I did just buy a toaster, for years now I've simply been making toast in my regular oven under the broiler.

                                                                                    1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                      Thanks, but I don't _want_ to make toast at home.

                                                                          2. Miche-DiBruno's Gorgonzola spread
                                                                            English Muffin-Unsalted butter and grated pecorino romano
                                                                            Bagel-cream cheese, tomatoes, lox, onions
                                                                            White bread-Yuzu marmalade, Hero's Blackberry preserves

                                                                            1. Peanut butter and hot peppers.

                                                                              Or cheddar and hot sauce.

                                                                              1. Generous butter with or without addition of:

                                                                                a generous coating of cinnamon sugar, then put under the broiler

                                                                                or, a friend's homemade jellies or preserves- my current fave is a muscadine jelly.

                                                                                Runny egg yolk

                                                                                No butter:
                                                                                Local raw honey that comes with a nice chunk of comb that I smoosh into the bread with the honey, sometimes with the addition of peanut butter.

                                                                                Sharp cheddar cheese, sometimes with bacon, again, put under broiler

                                                                                1. As a kid, I snacked on toast with margarine (we never had real butter $$), sugar and cinnamon. Likewise, waffles were slathered with margarine and crop dusted with powdered sugar.

                                                                                  1. Butter and Grape Jelly or simply apple butter

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                                                                                    1. re: Kashmirgirl

                                                                                      Garlic/chive cream cheese, apple butter, a sprinkle of salt, and some caraway seeds (if it's not already seeded rye).

                                                                                    2. Lots of the above but also Cheez Whiz with Jalapeno.

                                                                                      1. unsalted butter with a light sprinkling of salt
                                                                                        bacon grease with a dusting of black pepper

                                                                                        1. butter and guava jam
                                                                                          or orange marmalade

                                                                                          1. Salted butter, Penzey's vanilla sugar and Vietnamese cinnamon. My son loves to add a little cocoa powder to the mix.

                                                                                            1. Cheese. I suppose really I'm making open faced sandwiches here, but I can hardly resist the opportunity to melt cheese onto something warm and crunchy.

                                                                                              1. Marmalade - a nice sharp one.

                                                                                                A guy at the local farmers market sells a great lemon/lime/grapefruit one. And his Seville orange in none too shabby either.

                                                                                                Or for a savoury topping - fried mushrooms.

                                                                                                1. I like toast points for smoked fish spread - usually with mullet or amberjack.

                                                                                                    1. Butter AND grape jam. Toast is my favorite food, which I personally think is really weird. I just love it.

                                                                                                          1. Butter and Marmite or
                                                                                                            Butter and peanut butter or
                                                                                                            Unsalted butter and raspberry jam

                                                                                                            1. Butter and Rose's Lime Marmalade is fantastic on toast!!

                                                                                                              1. Echire butter, in an ideal world.
                                                                                                                My usual is goldenrod honey.
                                                                                                                Recently, I've had a lot of extra kinako (sweetened soy powder, usually served with mochi or glutenous rice balls), so I sprinkle it over buttered toast. It's a great combination.

                                                                                                                1. A couple of all time favorites....

                                                                                                                  Homemade pear preserves.....
                                                                                                                  Homemade Strawberry figs........

                                                                                                                  Day in and day out...

                                                                                                                  Wild plum and wild blackberry jelly.......

                                                                                                                  1. If not butter then Gentleman's Relish

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                                                                                                                    1. re: hazelhurst

                                                                                                                      Still have two of the pottery containers of Gentleman's Relish l use as shaving soap holders.

                                                                                                                      1. re: hazelhurst

                                                                                                                        What does "Gentleman's Relish" taste like? I've been curious about it ever since I saw it used in a "Two Fat Ladies" episode. I got the impression that it was primarily based on anchovies.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                          It is heavily anchovy and quite salty.

                                                                                                                          1. re: hazelhurst

                                                                                                                            Thanks! Sounds right up my alley. :)

                                                                                                                      2. First I should point out I don't like toast! I'm an english muffin kind of guy! Second....I never really considered butter a condiment...but for purposes of this discussion that's my choice!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                          :) Yeah, I like butter on my English muffin too.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                            You know what they say about brilliant minds and palates don't you??? They like English Muffins!!

                                                                                                                        2. Butter & lemon curd - such a treat to me!

                                                                                                                          Or, cream cheese and orange/apricot preserves

                                                                                                                          1. Marmalade
                                                                                                                            and Egg yolks!

                                                                                                                            1. I like them dry, with scrambled eggs on top.

                                                                                                                              But if you're only talking condiment, butter and a tiny bit of blueberry preserves or guava jelly.

                                                                                                                              Also not a condiment, but with sliced tomato, drizzled olive oil and a pinch of salt.

                                                                                                                              1. Kerrygold salted butter + kosher salt. yum!

                                                                                                                                runny egg yolk + Maggi seasoning

                                                                                                                                mayonnaise + liver pate + Maggi seasoning

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                                                                                                                                1. re: seamunky

                                                                                                                                  Maggi is an excellent but underutilized seasoning.

                                                                                                                                  I'll have to try it with a little mayo on my Braunschweiger and toasted Bauernbrot.

                                                                                                                                2. Zuckerruben Sirup (Sugar Beet Syrup) is good on toast.

                                                                                                                                  It can also be used for sweetening sauces, desserts and as a baking ingredient.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kholvaitar

                                                                                                                                    OMG, my mom was crazy for that stuff. I can't stomach it. Something something Goldsaft or such.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: GH1618

                                                                                                                                      Addendum: Sometimes, anchovy mashed into soft butter.

                                                                                                                                    2. A big fat pat of butter.

                                                                                                                                      1. Roasted bone marrow... Mmmmmm.

                                                                                                                                        1. Gorgonzola and honey.

                                                                                                                                          Interesting toast topping article on the Guardian website a while back.


                                                                                                                                            1. Today, on toasted homemade banana whole wheat bread I smeared with thick vanilla Greek yogurt and loved it!

                                                                                                                                              1. Lately, I've been into burning cheese on toast. Mozzarella and Swiss burn nicely.

                                                                                                                                                  1. i almost never eat toast anymore, but when I did it always had butter, sometimes jam, peanut butter & honey, or sometimes Cheez Whiz, but not all on the same piece of toast.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Butter + condensed milk. Or butter + an over easy egg.

                                                                                                                                                      1. The best butter I can find, unsalted, w/ a sprinkle of nice crunchy salt.And lately, mashed avocado, more salt, sometimes lime.

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                                                                                                                                                          Whole grain bread, mashed avocado with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes.

                                                                                                                                                          Whole grain bread with unsalted good butter and homemade blackberry jam.

                                                                                                                                                        2. PB&J + cottage cheese on top. Try it!

                                                                                                                                                          1. Crunchy peanut butter and hot Indian or Pakistani lime pickle.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Raisin toast with 2 poached eggs & a side of jalepeno jam.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Fruity extra virgin olive oil and salt.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Feta, fresh tarragon (or mint) and thin slices of tomato.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Butter and Marmite - can also add broiled small tomatoes on top.

                                                                                                                                                                        Butter in general, we have some fantastic butter here in the UK, inc. different types of French fleur de sel

                                                                                                                                                                        Butter and different types of marmalade - lemon and lime and seville are faves

                                                                                                                                                                        Smoked mackerel pate

                                                                                                                                                                        Butter, then sliced cheese, not melted, on top, like Cheddar, Gouda, Edam or Havarti

                                                                                                                                                                        I like different nut butters, but prefer peanut butter on untoasted bread

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Butter, evenly spread over well toasted bread.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: twyst

                                                                                                                                                                              well, yeah. of course. (as I weep...I live in California....sigh...)

                                                                                                                                                                            2. It does depend on what kind of bread.... but it would be either plain butter, just apple butter, or peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Contrary to my previous response, I buttered my toast yesterday, and it was delicious. I may do the same today.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. For breakfast, good butter-- kerrygold, lurpak, beurre d'isigny, whatever, but high butterfat is essential. If I'm in the mood for sweet, then with the addition of some raspberry preserves or marmalade.

                                                                                                                                                                                  For a mid-day snack, I concur with the 'avocado' folks. Except mine must also have a sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of honey!

                                                                                                                                                                                  And cheese toast is a different animal entirely.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. While I don't eat a lot of toast, I did recently make bacon jam for the first time and that is certainly a great condiment for toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Lately, I've been hooked on this Biscoff Crunchy spread. The smooth is pretty darned good, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A good amount of butter, then on top of that, a faint layer of peanut butter. Trust me.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Creamed chipped beef. Sorry, but it's most definitely the best topping in my book when it's done well, and quite frankly, I've never had it done too badly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm down with "sos" too, but I'm not sure what you mean by "too badly". Ever had it in a chow hall?

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Always savory:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Butter and marmite
                                                                                                                                                                                            Butter and grated sap sago cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mashed avocado w/ salt and habanero hot sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                            Butter and sliced hard-boiled egg (w/ S&P)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Peanut butter, no jelly

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                              I am with you on the butter and marmite, and the avo, hard boiled egg and peanut butter; never had liverwurst on toast, and what is sap sago cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                I do like both tuna salad and egg salad sandwiches on toasted bread - something to do with being served them in restaurants when growing up, with cocktail sticks to hold them together, I think. Do diners etc. still serve them like that?

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have a new favourite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd tried it before but not all the components were exactly right and it's surprising how much of a difference it makes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bread must be sourdough, the butter must be salted, unsalted will not do. Finally Lyles golden syrup spread on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. What about the last of the tomato paste, scraped from the can, a sprinkling of salt, and a lovely dusting of McCormick's chipotle powder?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Kaya jam from Singapore. It's a coconut spread, often placed on toast, with lots of butter. I'd like it every day, and "unfortunately," it IS sold in NYC, in various pan-Asian markets.