Toast for breakfast

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toastWhy is it that my toast is always cold when I get around to eating it? The answer is that hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses have a habit of bringing it almost as soon as you have ordered or together with a bulging plate stacked with the Great British Breakfast.
I have stayed in a lot of hotels and B&B’s these last months and nine times out of ten I have had cold toast. So I ask for more.
I have had enough.
Hear my plea hotel owners.
Most people eat their toast after they have enjoyed their GBB. After all, you are going to generously butter the thick (preferably) slice and then ladle on the jam – my preference – or marmalade. You don’t mix it by eating at the same time as you savour the bacon, sausage or egg. You eat it leisurely as you down a second cuppa and chat convivially with your table companions.
But the art of eating toast is that it has to be hot. When the butter is put on the darkly browned bread, it must begin to melt; not sufficiently to be runny but enough to be spreadable with the odd hillock of butter standing proud of the toast. The jam can then be spread partly on top of the melted butter and partly on the hillocks. The jam slightly warms and delivers a taste that completes a breakfast in the proper way.
With cold toast the butter won’t spread easily, the toast is crushed under the weight of your trying to spread it and crumbs go everywhere. On goes the jam and you end up eating something which must taste a bit like cardboard topped off with something slightly soggy.
If you can be offered a choice of white or brown bread for breakfast why on earth can’t you be given the choice of when you would like the toast to be delivered to your table? And for those of you like cold toast, I despair of you. You have ruined a great eating institution – the Great British Breakfast.

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