Melba toast is the perfect addition to any party food table and is an easy base for an appetiser. The best thing is, this easy melba toast recipe is made with just ONE ingredient. An easy homemade alternative to crackers.
These melba toasts look far more impressive than they actually are. They are made with just white bread, but once you load them up with some cheese and chutney or pate, they look very fancy and perfect for serving up to guests.
What is Melba Toast?
Melba toast is basically sliced white bread that has been toasted, sliced in half to make even thinner and then cut into triangles and toasted again. It's a great way to bring stale bread back to life and it's a must have addition to a buffet.
It is thought to have been created in around 1897 when a French chef who worked at the Savoy Hotel, Georges Augustus Escoffier, created it for an Australian opera singer named Nellie Melba. He made her dry toast because she was feeling unwell and apparently wanted to lose weight. Apparently she was the inspiration of a lot of recipes, as peach melba is named after her too.
Why you will love it
- Easy - This melba toast recipe might just be the easiest recipe we have ever posted. All you need is sliced white bread, and to toast it. It's so easy you almost don't even need a recipe for it.
- Versatile - What we love about melba toast is there there is so many different ways to use it. Basically any way you would use a cracker, but we have lots of options below.
- Stores well - You can make this in advance and then store it in an air tight container where it will keep for up to a week.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Bread - This is the only ingredient, which is what makes this recipe so brilliantly easy. Use a thick slice of white bread. You could use sourdough, but this would give holey melba toast. You can use brown bread too but we wouldn't recommend seeded because it cracks and splits too easily.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make melba toast - Step by step
One: Remove the crusts from the bread.
Two: Toast the bread on each side, about 3-4 minutes.
Three: Carefully slice through the middle to create four halves.
Four: Cut the halves into triangles.
Five: Toast the cut side for 1-2 minutes.
How to use Melba Toast
Our favourite way to serve melba toast is on a buffet table or platter with some cold cut meats, a selection of cheeses and chutney to pile on top. These make a great addition to our Vegetarian Charcuterie Board, Grazing Platter or Antipasto Platter.
If you had quite a few leftover, then they are nice dipped into some homemade soup. It makes a nice change from just regular bread and butter. Why not try our Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup, Kale Soup or Tomato and Basil Soup?
Store: Leftover melba toast will store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a week. We think it's best eaten after a couple of days though for maximum freshness.
Freeze: We wouldn't recommend freezing melba toast. It's so quick and easy to make from fresh though.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you definitely can. It will just need a couple of minutes, but keep checking on it as every air fryer cooks differently.
Yes, if you use store bought white, sliced gluten free bread then this can be a gluten free recipe. Just make sure there is no cross contamination.
You don't have to, but if you want a uniform shape and for them to look really presentable then you should.
• You can really make any size or shape you want when it comes to melba toast. If you wanted something a little more festive, then you could use a star or Christmas tree cookie cutter.
• To make it really easy to slice through the bread, do it when it is still warm.
• Make sure to keep and eye on your melba toast when it goes back in the oven, because they can burn very quickly because of how thin they are.
• Don't throw away the crusts. You can use them to make your own breadcrumbs.
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Easy Melba Toast
- 2 slice White bread - about 35g/1.25oz each
- Remove the crusts from the bread.
- Toast the bread on each side, about 3-4 minutes.
- Carefully slice through the middle to create four halves.
- Cut the halves into triangles.
- Toast the cut side for 1-2 minutes.
- You can really make any size or shape you want when it comes to melba toast. If you wanted something a little more festive, then you could use a star or Christmas tree cookie cutter.
- To make it really easy to slice through the bread, do it when it is still warm.
- Make sure to keep and eye on your melba toast when it goes back in the oven, because they can burn very quickly because of how thin they are.
- Don't throw away the crusts. You can use them to make your own breadcrumbs.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.