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I have always extolled the virtues of dipping hot fresh buttered toast into a lovely hot cup of tea. Over the years I have come to suspect that I might be alone in this fetish and I am looking for like-minded adults to share my experiences with. I have always dipped my toast into my tea for as long as I can remember. I now feel ashamed to do this in public as I have had many rude comments from people over the years. Have you or any of your readers ever taken part in this toast-dipping-love that dare not speak its name?
I just cannot enjoy tea and toast any other way - to me it is truly delicious.
For newbies who might want to give it a try I would suggest the following.
- Make a satisfying brew to your usual taste in a wide-brimmed, non-tapering mug (workman style).
- Try to make your toast to coincide almost exactly with the hot fresh brew (this might require a double power adapter in your kitchen if you cant plug in the toaster and the kettle at the same time)
- Heavily butter the toast - margarine is just fine.
- Cut each round of toast in half (NOT corner to corner) and then fold each half into a quarter (buttered side folded in) and dip the toast quickly but most of the way into the brew and snaffle down fast.
If you're a white bread lover I suggest thick Warburtons Toastie bread for the toast as it has the best absorbency.
Two hearty rounds of toast will absorb a good one third of a brew so you should have another ready if you go for the 4 round option. The spead at which one can consume toast using this technique is mind-blowing!
I absolutely swear on my life its the nicest thing in the world - my friends will not try it and call me a pikey but they are missing out. For real dunking aficionados its a dirty but satisfying pleasure to be discovered. The greatest benefit is that the brew ends up with just a little butter in it and tastes gorgeous (reminiscent of when you make a brew with extremely creamy "Farmer's quality" milk).
I'd love to hear from other like-minded adults who share this pleasure.
|Nicey replies: Toast is well supported with NCOTAASD, you see there is a little toast icon. Use this to find others who enjoy hot soggy toast.|
The current poll reminded me of an incident a while ago when I woke up, a bit fuzzy headed after a night out, to discover a half-eaten jaffa cake which had been liberally spread with butter by the side of my bed. I dread to think how many I'd consumed, and until now was appalled at such behaviour, prompted as it must have been by the feeling that jaffa cakes did not have enough fat in them already. I'm pleased to see there are people out there who behave like this as a matter of course.
|Nicey replies: I'm more worried that you only managed to half eat a Jaffa Cake, you must have been in a right old state.|
I maybe a bit old fashioned but to me a biscuit is designed by it's manufacturers to be eaten in it's original state. If you don't like the biscuit as God (or McVities) has intended then choose a different biscuit, there's plenty out there. Add to that the fact there are also many plain crackers etc designed to have all manner of gubbins spread on them and there is frankly no reason to soil a delicious rich tea or marie with anything. I'm from the biscuit old school and proud.
My sister is called Victoria if that helps?
|Nicey replies: Yes that does help|
I just have to let you (and through you, the world) know that the finest combination known to man, or at least to me, is two plain chocolate digestives sandwiched together with peanut butter (crunchy, if poss). Obviously, for the avoidance of chocolatey fingers, the biscuits should be arranged with their chocolate-covered sides pointing inwards.
Incidentally, I share an office with someone who assures me that cheese and chocolate spread is a divine combination, and she has even gone so far as to bring me in cheese and chocolate spread sandwiches in an attempt to demonstrate this 'fact'. Whilst this is an obviously misguided approach, it does lead me to wonder if a similar choc digestive strategy could be employed with cheese as the filling ...
best wishes, as ever,
|Nicey replies: Anybody else called Victoria want to add to this discussion I wonder?|
Just wanted to add to the 'spread poll' currently on the site after Stuart Pearce's email. My siblings and I used to make buttercream icing (much better than just butter!), or even just water icing to spread on otherwise plain biscuits (our faves, and cupboard staples were digestives, Rich Teas and sometimes malted milks). If we were feeling really adventurous and willing to wait a couple of seconds longer we might have added some food colouring, really hiking up the sugar/E number intake and guaranteeing us bouncing off the walls soon after. I would also like to say that ordinary chocolate spread was another common one for me, being allergic to nuts and therefore nutella!