Everything is bigger in Texas, and the bread is no exception. Texas toast is the name given to bread cut into extra large, 1-inch thick slices and toasted with butter. The large size of Texas toast makes cooking it in a conventional pop-up toaster impossible, as it will not fit into the slots. There are other ways to cook the bread to perfectly toast it for serving with your favourite entrée.
Prepare Texas toast under the grill for a fast cooking method. The grill is ideal for cooking Texas toast topped with cheese in addition to the traditional butter. The cheese melts to a brown and bubbly topping for the toast under the grill. Cook the toast 4 to 6 inches from the grill heating element. Broil the toast for two minutes or until the cheese is hot and melted. The interior of the bread should still be soft, with a light crunch on the exterior crust. Flip the toast and broil for another two minutes on the opposite side for an evenly toasted piece.
Texas toast can be baked in the oven instead of using a grill. The oven is the method recommended on packages of frozen Texas toast or garlic bread. Baking in the oven takes longer than a grill, but the results are a more evenly cooked piece of toast with all sides hot and toasty, instead of just the portion facing the heating element. Cook the bread for five to seven minutes at 204 degrees Celsius, or until it turns golden brown and crunchy. You do not need to turn the bread during cooking.
For extra flavour and added convenience at a cookout, grill your Texas toast slices. The grill marks give the toast a decorative appearance, while enhancing the taste and crunch of the bread. Just add the toast to the grill and cook for one to two minutes. Flip the bread and cook for one to two minutes more or until it reaches the desired colour.
Use the same skillet cooking method used to crisp the bread for a grilled cheese sandwich to make Texas toast. Place the buttered pieces of bread with the butter side down into a skillet over medium heat. Cook for two minutes, flip and cook for a final two minutes or until golden browned. Substitute oil for the butter for a different flavour to the toast, or stick with garlic butter for a more traditional Texas toast serving.