Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith reveal their tips to cooking the best slice of toast

University Hospital Southampton faced ridicule this week for issuing a two-page poster with guidance on how to make toast.

But loads of books, guides and internet threads are devoted to getting it right.

We bring you the recipe for perfect toast according to two telly chefs.

And some people claim you can tell a lot about someone’s personality by how burnt they like their toast.

Here’s our salute to this timeless and tasty kitchen ­favourite.

The perfect slice

  • Thickness 14mm
  • Toast for 216 seconds at 154C, setting 5 or 6 on a 900w toaster
  • 0.44g butter per square inch
  • Colour like builder’s tea
  • The outside is 12 times crunchier than the middle

Pan-fry like… Jamie Oliver

The facts of loaf

  • Toast dates back thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests it originated with the Egyptians
  • Record time for eating a dry slice set in 2014 at 8.47 secs
  • We eat 94million slices of toast every day
  • National Toast Day is held on February 22
  • Created as a way of preserving bread, it became a popular practice in the Roman Empire. The word “toast” comes from the Latin “torrere” or “tostum”, meaning to burn or scorch

Rack 'em up like… Delia Smith

The electric toaster

THE first electric toaster was invented in 1893 by Scottish scientist Alan MacMasters in London. He called the device the Eclipse and it was manufactured and marketed in Britain by the Crompton Company. It toasted only one side of the bread, so you had to flip it over manually.


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