Toast is defined as “sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.” Why does it get browned? Because of the Maillard Reaction, a chemical interaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar.
For a zany food science demonstration of how it works, see this video
. For an adult version of the explanation, go here
. If you need to explain the process to young children, go here
. One would think that making toast is incredibly simple, but judging from the 1100 results available on You Tube
there must be a lot of trepidation about doing it correctly. Even Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef who is on a mission to teach people home cooking skills, has a blog post
about how to toast bread.
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