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How To Toast Bread In The Oven

Serving toast to a large crowd for breakfast requires some ingenuity. 

Since the traditional toaster can toast only two or four slices at a time, making use of the oven is only natural.

How to toast bread in the oven when the toaster is not available or is not capable of toasting a batch of bread for a large breakfast is the best answer.

Not only will the toast stay warm after the whole batch is done, but everyone eats toast for breakfast at the same time. Isn’t that more fun than eating in batches?

Not only are we going to talk about toasting lots of bread in the oven, but we’re also going to discuss how to toast bread in a broiler and the best toppings for your toast!

So go ahead and learn how to make toast in the oven and enjoy it together with your favorite hot cocoa or coffee!

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Imagine enjoying a hot cup of coffee and toasted bread slices in the bright sunshine. 

This underrated breakfast combo is a pure delight, especially it’s hassle-free and quick to put together. 

Simply toss the bread in a toaster oven, prepare the coffee, and boom–your breakfast is ready!

In case your kitchen helper is missing in action, you can always rely on your conventional oven.

The oven method may not be the best way to toast your bread for just one person, but this is a great alternative if you want that similar result to toasting pieces of bread in a toaster.

Here’s how to make toast in the oven: 

Tools Needed:

  • Plain bread
  • Oven
  • Grill rack


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Place slices of bread in a single layer on a grill rack. 
  3. Place it on the middle rack of the oven.
  4. Toast the bread in the oven for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 
  5. Use tongs to remove the bread toast, butter if desired then serve.

You can also spice up your breakfast staple by turning them into garlic bread or cinnamon toast. 

To oven toast garlic bread, simply prepare some slices of plain or Italian bread. 

Spread butter mixture (made from butter, garlic powder, and parsley) over the slices then heat them in the oven for a few minutes or until nice and toasty. 

For extra crispiness, give your slices a quick broil after toasting. Too long and the bread will turn dry and crunchy.

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How to Toast Bread Under a Broiler

The best thing about the broiler method is that it’s quicker than toasting bread in the oven. 

Generally, it only requires a minute or two to toast your bread on a broiler setting, making it the best choice if you want something crispy to eat while you’re on the go!

Be sure, though, to set your oven rack as high as you can go so your bread is close to the broiler element. 

It’s also advisable to leave the oven door open slightly when toasting the bread, making it easier for you to monitor and quickly flip the bread. 

Broiling is very high heat and can burn food quickly.

Lastly, DO NOT FORGET to check your toast every minute.

Leaving your bread unsupervised under the broiler can ruin your precious breakfast staple. 

The top of the oven tends to be consistently hotter so your bread slices are expected to be toasted in a short amount of time. 

If you think that they already look crispy and golden brown, remove the food from the oven immediately. 

Here are the tools needed and six simple steps on toasting bread under a broiler:

Tools Needed:

  • Bread
  • Wire oven rack
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Broiler
  • Oven mitts


  1. Place the wire oven rack in the second or the top-most position in your oven. 
  2. Turn on your broiler and place your plain bread on the baking sheet pan in a single layer. 
  3. Place it in the oven and toast for a minute or until toasted to perfection. Leave the oven door open for easier monitoring or flipping. 
  4. Flip the slices over and give them another minute to toast so each side of the bread cooks evenly. 
  5. Remove the baking sheet pan from the oven using oven mitts. 19
  6. Spread crispy toast bread with almond butter or peanut butter on top. Enjoy!

How to Toast French Bread in the Oven

In case you’re planning to toast that loaf of French bread, remember that the process of toasting it is a little bit different, knowing that this type of bread is notable for its thickness. 

Though you can also heat them under your broiler, however, my best bet is toasting the slices in the oven as this is easier to do than the broiler method. 

Here’s how to do it:

Tools Needed:

  • French bread or any thick-sliced bread
  • Milk 
  • Butter
  • Garlic 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Baking sheet 
  • Serrated knife
  • Oven
  • Wire rack


  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Cut bread into 1/2-inch slices using a serrated knife. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine butter, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on one side of the bread slices. 
  5. Place them in a single layer on a baking pan. Then pop it in the preheated oven. 
  6. Toast for six to eight minutes until the topping is melted and golden. 
  7. Let it cool down on a wire rack at room temperature. Serve and enjoy!

Best Toppings for Toast

Toasted bread is more enjoyable when paired with the right toppers. 

They can add an extra dimension to your food, making the meal complete and hearty. ‘

Here are some best toppings ideas for your toasted bread:

  1. Add a hint of sweetness to your toasted bread by topping it with cinnamon alongside almond butter and banana. 
  2. Give it a nice, spicy kick and texture by topping it with avocado and chilies. 
  3. Topping toasted bread with roasted red peppers and feta gives the food a blend of savory and sweet flavors. 
  4. Try garnishing them with fried egg, pan-fried spinach, and a dollop of pesto. 
  5. Bring a bright and refreshing bite to your toasted bread by finishing it with sliced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and simple salt. 
  6. Expect a party in your mouth when you top your toasted bread with earthy and rich mushrooms, garlic, and thyme. 
  7. Can’t get enough topping ideas? Here are some Avocado Toast Recipes!

Tips and Tricks

There’s no quicker breakfast than a slice of toast or a bagel. 

It has endless possibilities plus it’s easy to put together, especially using the oven method. 

But when it comes to toasting the bread in your oven, it’s a bit trickier. 

If you leave it unsupervised, your bread may burn or be super hard. 

Don’t let this happen!

Follow these essential tips and tricks on how to toast bread in the oven so you can have your favorite breakfast nice and crispy.

  1. When putting the bread on a baking sheet, make sure to place the bread in a single layer to heat them evenly. 
  2. Be careful when toasting the broiler. The top of the oven is super hot so ensure that you won’t let the bread unattended. 
  3. When using the broiler method, leave the oven door open as this is easier for you to monitor or flip the bread. 
  4. Trust your senses if you’re using your broiler when toasting bread.  Generally, it takes a minute or two to toast bread under a broiler. However, if you think they’re already crispy and golden brown, remove the bread immediately. 
  5. Use oven mitts when you’re removing the baking sheet pan. 
  6. After toasting the bread in the oven, you can give it a quick broil for extra crispiness. 
  7. You can cover your French bread slices with aluminum foil when toasting them in the oven. Just make sure to leave the foil open at the top.

The bottom line

Toasting bread in the oven can be a fun and simple method of cooking, that once mastered, can be done all the time. 

There are also a variety of ways on how to toast, the type of oven to be used, and the ingredients in making the toast better and crispier.

You also have a variety of choices as toppings for your toast. A toast by itself is flavorful and hearty.

And what a great way to enjoy your main dish is to have toasted bread on the side? Especially my favorite, the  Toasted Garlic Bread. 

And here’s how to reheat your garlic bread, too!

How To Toast Bread In The Oven

How To Toast Bread In The Oven

Learn how to toast bread in the oven the right way using these five simple steps.


  • Sliced bread
  • Oven
  • Grill rack


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place slices of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet or directly on the rack. 
  3. Toast the bread in the oven for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 
  4. Use tongs to remove the toasted bread.
  5. Butter and season if desired then serve.

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