Tuesday, October 30, 2007

mini honey toast

Have you ever had honey toast? I have been seeing it here and here--Kathy and Reid both had it at the same restaurant in Hawaii, but I've also seen it around Japan too. I googled and found out that a karaoke place that has rooms around Tokyo has this on their menu. You can check out what they have on their menu here. (Some are huge-mongous!)

From what I've seen, for the "plain" version, they use one loaf of bread (yep, a whole loaf), honey and vanilla ice cream. In Japan, a loaf of bread is quite small by U.S. standards, it only yields 4-6 slices depending on how thick or thin you slice it. I was quite surprised by this when I first moved here because in Hawaii we buy loaves of bread with about 20 or more slices in a bag. I was also surprised to hear that in Tokyo they only have 4 slices per package but in Osaka we can buy packages with 4, 5 or 6 slices.

So getting back to the honey toast...having never tried this before, I wanted to try one. Unfortunately, I don't like to karaoke, and probably wouldn't be able to (and shouldn't) eat a whole one by myself, so I figured I should try to make a mini version. I couldn't find a small plain loaf but instead found a mini raisin loaf. This loaf was 6 inches long by 3 inches tall. I split it in half then cut out the innards of the loaf, leaving a little bread to serve as the bottom of the "bowl". (The other half of the bread will be tomorrow's toast for breakfast.)

I then toasted the bread and the innards for about 4 minutes.

Then I melted a pat of butter with 1 tablespoon of honey. When the toast was ready, I put back the innards into the bread "bowl" then drizzled some honey mixture. Then I took 60ml (1/2 of the container) of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream, put that on top of the toast and drizzled the rest of the honey mixture on top. I also made myself a cappuccino.

NOTES: Since I used raisin bread this reminded me of bread pudding or french toast. Is it supposed to taste like that...Kathy? Reid? anyone who has tried this? The toasted bread was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, drizzled with honey and the melting vanilla ice cream it satisfied my sweet tooth. I had thought it would be a sickening kind of sweet but it was actually just right.

I can't wait to make this again when Satoshi can try it.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your creations always look so dee-lish! I think the Shokudo version of honey toast also has one with drizzled sweetened condensed milk and possibly strawberries(?).

I also wanted to say how much I appreciate how regularly you blog. Some bloggers start off enthusiastically, then due to various circumstances, their posts dwindle down to nothing after you are hooked on reading them. Keep up the great work!

P.S. I'm sorry to say I have to agree with your previous post about increasing rudeness in Japan. Hopefully, your good manners will inspire others to follow suit.:)

Anonymous said...

Mmm, that looks super ono. I've never been to Shokudo before, I may have to go check it out now.

I love to get the thickly cut bread from St. Germaine at Shirokiya. Maybe I can try make my own as well.

K and S said...

I hope you try it Myra, I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Thanks Anonymous! condensed milk and strawberries, will have to try that when strawberry season rolls around. Thanks for your thoughts on the previous post too. More people should live with the "aloha spirit" :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Kathy YL Chan said...

Hey Kat!
omigosh, I super love this post!! The sight of honey toast makes me soooo happy, hehe! :) The taste of honey toast reminds me of both bp and french toast...which might explain why I love it so much...hmmmm. Nonetheless, looks like you did an excellent job, *cheers!!!* :) I like how you topped it with Haagen Dazs - I would have done exactly the same! :)

K and S said...

he he Kathy, glad to bring a smile your way! We have other brands of ice cream in Japan, but Haagen Dazs is the best.

Take care.
Kat

Rowena said...

Woohoo! I MADE it!! You can't imagine how long it took me to go from catching up on all of your recent posts thru bloglines and now to this comment box. I could use something like Honey Toast to cheer me up.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed all of your posts, from the chestnut-chorizo soup (thanks for the link!) to your foodie w/e (always awesome eating adventures). As for the culture shock, it's the same way here with people in the way or not being polite enough. But I see it happen more often in the bigger cities than in the small medieval towns. So sad yeah? It got to the point where if someone care if he/she were in the way, I'd simply bump into them accidentally and not say anything either. But only for them, 'cause I'm always nice to little old ladies and old men. :-)

Hope this comment goes through! {crosses fingers}

K and S said...

Whoo hoo Rowena! sorry to hear about your provider, that must really suck. I know I would go nuts! My mom said that the big cities usually are cold and uncaring, I'm starting to agree with that and that is totally sad. ....sending you more honey toast!! with my fingers crossed that your provider gets with it!!

Take care.
Kat

Anonymous said...

We just got back from Hawaii last night and I can't stop thinking about this dessert we had at Shoduko!!!! I had to google it and found this blog. Honey Toast is my new favorite dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally can not stop thinking about it and am going to have to try making it at home. At Shoduko, it was just two HUGE slices of bread, cut out in the middle into cubes and placed back in, butter drizzled on top along with lots of honey, and topped with ice cream. Plain, simple, and oh so delicious!!

K and S said...

I hope you get to give this a try, Anonymous, hopefully it will bring back the good memories you had at Shokudo!

Take care and thanks for stopping by.
Kat

chelz said...

There was one I tried once from a japanese bakery in LA. From what i can remember it smelled strongly of honey but when I ate it it wasnt that strong (I think I heated it up in the microwave). It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I should've put ice cream on it though.. Maybe next time. Very delicious! :)

K and S said...

hope you get to have honey toast again Chelz :)

Take care.
Kat