It goes (almost) without saying that there are some big problems facing the world in 2015.
But one of the biggest is surely how to make the perfect toast for breakfast.
A quick survey of my family reveals our top three toaster catastrophes:
- Some toasters don’t deliver the perfect level of toastiness. Toast needs to be golden and crunchy on the outer surface, but softly yielding inside. Nobody wants burnt toast. Or worse, warm bread. Ugh.
- Some toasters don’t know when to let go. Trying to retrieve thick toast, or crumpets, from an unyielding toaster? Nobody likes that.
- But worst of all, surely, in the International League of Toaster Crimes (this is a thing that totally exists, I checked) is toast that isn’t toasted to the top. So you get, like, 80% toast and 20% bread. UNACCEPTABLE.
Breville recently got in touch to tell me about their new toaster, which is apparently made with an extra-deep bread slicing cavity* so that your bread gets toasted right the way to the top. It even works – the PR promises me – on Warburtons toastie bread, which is pretty much the finest bread there is when you’re in need of emergency cheese on toast. Or Marmite on toast. Or Marmite and cheese on toast.
I’ll admit, chums, I was pretty excited as I unpacked the Breville 2 Slice Toaster – billed as “the perfect fit for Warburtons“.
This is a very pretty toaster. It’s super shiny and not too big and the controls are pretty intuitive, with a button for defrosting, one to pop up your bread and a removable crumb tray that’s a bit fiddly to get to, but works well enough.
With trembling fingers, I put the Warburtons bread into the toaster slot, and waited. OK, maybe it was my impatience but it seemed like it took a REALLY long time to toast the bread.
No matter. Perfect toast is worth the wait. Although we popped the toast before the programme ended as we started to smell burning, suggesting that “3” on the dial from 1-6 is a bit high for toasting purposes. I’d suggest leaving the dial on “2”
And so…. what happened?
Here’s a 60 second speeded up video that provides incontrovertible proof of the toasting capabilities of the Breville/Warburtons toaster…
It’s not bad. But I think we have all to all admit that the Breville hasn’t fully delivered on its promise of fully toasted toast.
Scenes like this played out in our household that evening…
Once I’d regained my composure, though, here’s what I figured:
This toaster is pretty good for large slices of bread. Not perfect, but pretty good. The search for the perfect toaster continues. And meanwhile, we toast aficionados will return to our “turning over halfway” method of toasting.
Breville provided me with a free toaster and some Warburtons bread for the purposes of this review. Picture credit: Shutterstock