Bread toasting on Tawah (Photo by Cynthia Nelson)

I do not own a toaster/toast maker. I do not eat bread often enough to make it worth it to get a toaster. On the occasions that I do want toast, I brown the bread on a tawah or in a cast iron skillet. Bread lovers know that there is nothing quite as delicious and satisfying as hot crusty toast, spread with butter that melts as it makes contact with the surface of the bread. Just as you finish buttering the first slice, you can’t resist biting into it as you set about buttering the other slice, or slices. Such is the allure of toast with butter. However, have you ever considered the amount of butter we spread on our toast?

Before you get ready to rebel, hear me out; I am not here to admonish you, we’re just talking.

With a toaster, there is only one option for buttering the bread – after it has been toasted. However, because I only have access to a tawah or skillet, I have a couple of options when it comes to adding butter to my bread – before it is toasted or after it has been toasted. It is in these two processes that I realized how much more butter I was adding to one toast than the other. Let me explain…..

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