Okay, I kind of struggled to name this post because… Crispy sweet toast?! But that’s basically what it is. A popular Japanese snack where a baguette or other type (usually french) of bread is thinly sliced and twice baked with a topping of sugar, butter, and perhaps some fancy fruity flavor. Today I made a rusk with the classic sugar and butter topping.
This treat is crispy, buttery, sugary, and delicious. Sure it might be a bit fattening, but it’s sooo worth it! Bread makes you fat?! – Scott Pilgrim… and me. I made 12 slices and my husband and I finished it off in like… 5 minutes. To be fair, I shared the other 3 slices (without butter and sugar) with my kids… heh heh. They never knew that what I was eating was any different from theirs. Mmm, mom this bread is so crispy! Yum! Yeah kids, so good right?
It is irresistible and you definitely won’t be able to stop at one. You’ll probably finish it off and then go and make some more. Good thing you only use a portion of the baguette. You can just turn around and make another batch pronto.
Can I be honest with you? It looks like I’m about to have a friend over for some tea and a nice chat. What really happened was my kids immediately took all of the raspberries after I put my camera down, my husband came home for lunch and snacked on the rest, and I drank both cups of tea because husband doesn’t like that unsweetened stuff. But can we pretend like I had a nice tea time with a friend?
Japanese Rusk- Crispy Sweet Toast
- 12 slices baguette 1/4"-1/2" thickness
- 2 T butter melted
- 2.5 T sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Cut 12, 1/4"-1/2" slices from baguette . Keep the rest of the baguette for another use. Place on cooking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (keep an eye on them, as ovens bake at different rates. Don't let it burn!).
While bread is toasting, melt butter and stir in sugar. A good way to do this is by using a double broiler, but I just used the microwave.
Remove bread from oven and brush with butter/sugar mixture. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional sugar after removing from oven. Cool and eat.
I did a quick pass under the boiler to get a little more color. You can use more slices if you put less butter/sugar on each one.
Adapted from cookpad.