Cinnamon and Sugar Toast

I have a problem, personally, with it being OK to go out and purchase a $15 slice of toast. I'm not saying I never do it, but I'm saying I think it's a problem. I'm an enormous fan of the artisanal bread movement, but when they'll sell you one slice of toast with some avocado on it for the same price, or even more frequently, a higher price than the entire loaf, that seems excessive. Toast is SUCH an easy and fun thing to make at home, and when it's done well it's impressive (as you've seen) and extremely comforting. I hope you'll try this recipe and find the joy in sharing a meal at home and having people feast on your fancy toast!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, plus more for serving 

1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus more for serving 

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 

4 to 6 slices bread, thick-cut 

Sea salt 

Fresh fruit, for serving 


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine the butter, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl. 
  3. Brush a 1/4-inch thick layer of the butter mixture on one side of each of the bread slices.  
  4. Place the slices, buttered side down, in the pan and cook until a golden-brown crust begins to form and there are some caramelized areas, about 3 minutes. 
  5. Flip the slices and cook until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. 
  6. If the toast isn't as crispy as you want when you take it out of the pan, fear not! It can take a few minutes to really crisp up once it's removed from the pan. 
  7. Serve sprinkled with sea salt and if you like, add a touch more cinnamon and sugar. 
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