Here's how to easily make toast in the oven - it's ridiculously simple and a great way to make toast for a crowd. It takes less time than trying to do multiple slices in a toaster and is largely hands-off.
If you are making several sandwiches with toasted bread or making a big breakfast for several people, making toast in the oven is the way to go.
You don't even need a baking sheet for this recipe! It's super low effort and you can make a lot of toast.
I love this oven method for making the perfect toast - it's exactly like making toast in my toaster oven but cooks a bunch of slices of bread much faster!
There's no need to coat the bread in olive oil or melted butter, it's the best way to get a nice crispy exterior without adding any fat.
You really don't need much to make the best oven toast!
All you need to make this recipe is bread! You can use any type of bread you'd like to toast. We used regular white bread, but any other type like wheat bread, sourdough, country, etc will work.
If you are using a sugary bread like brioche or cinnamon raisin, the cooking time may vary. Sweeter bread tends to toast much more quickly as the sugar burns fast! If you are using bread with a high sugar content, take at least one to two minutes off the bake time.
Set your oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Move one rack to the lower middle portion of the oven.
Once the oven has preheated, place each slice of bread directly onto the lower rack in a single layer.
Allow the bread slices to cook for 4 minutes. Flip the bread and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the slices of toast from the oven when they are golden brown and toasted to your personal preference.
Serve immediately with your favorite toppings like peanut butter, jam, cream cheese, and cinnamon sugar, or use them in a French toast recipe or as a sandwich. Try it with our favorite grated egg avocado toast.
Toasted bread can go stale fairly quickly after you make it.
If you plan to use your toast for croutons, bread pudding, or French toast, you can save it for up to 5 days at room temperature. Store it in an airtight container or wrapped in aluminum foil.
If you want to eat your toasted bread as regular toast, I would not plan to save it for more than a day. Keep it at room temperature as storing it in the fridge will make it wet and gummy.
Tips for Making this Recipe
Cooking Tips - You don't need to cook your toast on a sheet pan. But if you don't want to bake it directly on your oven rack, you can use a sheet pan with a wire rack to still allow for air movement.
Alternate Cooking Methods - if you are using a convection oven, instead of a conventional oven, your toast will cook about 25% faster. Keep a close eye on your toast as your total bake time will be closer to 6 minutes (flip it after 3 minutes).
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- Bread of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Move one rack to the lower middle portion of the oven.
- When the oven has reached 350, place your slices of bread directly onto the lower rack in a single layer.
- Allow the bread slices to cook for 4 minutes. Flip the bread and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove the slices of toast from the oven when they are golden brown and toasted to your liking.
I hope this helps you make a big batch of toast!