Sometimes in life I think we get caught up in the trappings of it all - pretty clothes, fancy cars, sparkly jewels. This goes for food too, like a double espresso caramel latte with a fancy design on the top or a dessert plate drizzled with three kinds of sauce and topped with spun sugar. Sure, they're nice to look at, but looks aren't everything. Sometimes it's the basic things that pull us back to our roots, evoke fond memories and stir a sense of belonging that are best.
OK - so get to the point, right? Strangely enough, I'm waxing poetic about toast. Yup, toast. The folks at Foodbuzz and Nature's Pride graciously sent me out 2 loaves of Nature's Pride bread (100% whole wheat and 12-grain). And as I pondered what to do with this great, wholesome bounty (make bread pudding? French toast? cranberry sausage stuffing?), I realized that I didn't need fancy trappings to enjoy it. I love toast and toast is what I was going to have!
First off, a little bit about the bread. Nature's Pride makes 100% natural breads with no high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The bread itself is hearty (and weighs in a 110 calories per slice), though I was surprised it didn't contain more fiber (only 3 grams per slice for the 100% wheat). It's the closest I've had to homemade bread from a store-bought loaf (a little fluffier on the inside and they'd have me 100%!).
After toasting up my slices, I spread a touch of butter and honey on each. Yum! It brings me right back to my childhood when Nanny (my grandmother) would take care of me on sick days and make me honey toast and tea with honey. Perfection on a plate, in my opinion. While it's my favorite way to have toast, I'll really take it any way I can get it - plain, with butter, with jam, with apple butter, with peanut butter, etc. I haven't found a way yet that I don't like it!
So tell me, how do you like your toast?