The secret ingredients you need to turn toast into a work of art
While very few TikTok chefs (well, no) make us think, “Here’s the next incarnation of Julia Child!” Many of them are certainly innovative, we’ll give them at least that. One area they seem to excel in is making food that is clearly intended to be visually appealing. One recent trend involves making very fancy toast, which, although we can’t speak to its taste, certainly gives us something to look at.
How do TikTok’s toast experts do it? Well, in many cases, the secret ingredient is cream cheese plus food dye. Different colors of cheese are spread or draped over toast in some sort of design, and then additional dots can be added to create anything from fairly simple patterns (if all you can manage are fuzzy swirls, just call it a cloud and be done with it ) to a more detailed depiction of meadows filled with flowers or cartoon characters. A piping bag with a piping tip will likely help with this, although simpler tools such as toothpicks can also be used. For toast that is more flavorful, but just as colorful, jam is sometimes used with cream cheese.
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Other ways to achieve artistic elite
According to a food designer who claims to have invented the trend of using colored cream cheese to decorate toast, he calls it: mermaid bread. That’s nice and all, but the idea of decorating toast or giving it a weird, fantasy-inspired name is nothing new. Fairy bread, which can be toasted or not, has been a favorite Antipodean snack for nearly a century, and can also be made to look quite decorative through the skillful use of colored sugar or rainbow sprinkles. Want to try your hand at making it? It’s not hard to find a fancy bread recipe; Just make sure to let the toast cool before putting on any frosting, because the melted sprinkles look messy.
Another way to make decorative toast is the toasting process itself. Cut a shape out of aluminum foil (you can trace it around a cookie cutter as a guide), then place it on top of a slice of bread and place it in a toaster oven. While the exposed edges of the toast will brown, the portion underneath the foil will remain white. Once these toasts have cooled, you can add a little decorative touch with food coloring, raisins, chocolate chips, or maybe a little colored cream cheese.
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