How to make Nigella Lawson's controversial double buttered toast

This decadent double buttered toast looks delicious, but the internet has so many questions

Nigella Lawson toast recipe
(Image credit: Unsplash)

What’s your go-to toast recipe? Do you even have a specific method? For most of us, we slather on a bit of butter and we’re good to go—but English television chef and food writer Nigella Lawson aims to change that with her double-buttered bread recipe that left the internet with so. many. questions.

After sharing her double-buttered toast technique on her BBC show “Nigella's Eat, Cook, Repeat” earlier this week, fans were left wondering why one would possibly bother adding twice as much butter to their first meal of the day.

The method goes much further than simply adding twice as much butter, though. Lawson actually suggested viewers spread butter on hot toast as soon as it pops out of the toaster, then letting it settle for a few seconds before applying a second layer of butter.

But why would one bother to add twice as much butter to their bread? According to Lawson, the first layer of butter gives the toast a “fabulous crumpety bite,” while the second helps the toast “stay in some golden patches on the surface.” Kind of like those picturesque squares of butter in the middle of a stack of pancakes.

While the polarizing toast recipe left some foodies overjoyed while others confused and perplexed as to why Lawson would bother airing how she butters her toast, the two-staged buttering approach is certainly a decadent alternative to basic bread and butter—one that we all deserve to indulge as the days get shorter and colder. 

In fact, recipe box Gousto has taken it one step further; developing a new recipe for butter lovers that involves an even more decadent and indulgent two-stage buttering technique that is sure to elevate even the most basic breakfast.

The Ultimate Butter Soaked Toast recipe  uses sourdough bread that gets dipped in melted butter before being grilled to golden brown perfection. Then, as a nod to Nigella’s approach, it should be buttered for a second time before being served.

Interested in making your own controversial-yet-delicious double-buttered toast for breakfast? Here, we’ve laid out the exact steps to take if you want to add a buttery dose of decadence to your breakfast plate.

Gousto’s The Ultimate Butter Soaked Toast recipe

  • Step 1. Pre-heat the grill to high
  • Step 2. Heat a pot over a medium heat with 60g salted butter and cook for 1-2 min or until melted (Tip: Use 30g butter per slice of toast for the most decadent toast out there!)
  • Step 3. Slice 2 thick slices of bread (Tip: Sourdough is our favorite!)
  • Step 4: Dip both sides of the sliced bread in the melted butter until fully absorbed
  • Step 5: Add the butter-soaked bread to a baking tray (or use your grill tray!) and put under the grill for 2 min on each side or golden brown (Tip: For the real butter lovers, spread the butter-soaked bread with extra salted butter)