In the wake of the artisanal toast trend sweeping San Francisco and the fact that department store John Lewis recently reported a 150% increase in sales of premium toasters, toast is clearly having a moment.
We've fired up the toaster in anticipation and scoured the web for some of the most impressive looking toast topping ideas - with sweet, savoury and new twists on old classics all making an appearance. So put down that sorry looking jar of jam and get something swankier on that cripsy wholemeal slice.
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Because French toast is definitely proper toast, right? This stunning looking French toast casserole is topped with a delicious, oozy homemade blueberry syrup and makes for a mighty, indulgent breakfast, courtesy of Deliciously Yum.
Avocado and heirloom tomato toast with balsamic drizzle
A sturdy vegan treat, this piles the perenial toast topping fave avocado, with some thickly sliced heirloom tomato and then a healthy splurge of balsamic reduction. Find out how to recreate it at home with Blissful Basil.
Bacon, avocado and cream cheese
A Tasty Love Story give avocado on toast a decadent spin by adding a thick smear of honey mustard infused cream cheese and by wrapping the avocado slices in bacon. Mm.
Cheesy Baked Egg Toast
Something for the big kid in you - or the little kids in your kitchen - this gooey, cheesy baked egg toast is so easy to whip up, you could try and convince your children to do it for you. Direct them to Crazy Adventures in Parenting for the recipe.
Quiche toast cups
Turn your toast into a mini quiche with the help of a muffin tin. Then fill them up with whatever takes your fancy. Recipe Tin Eats has gone for the classic combo of bacon, cheese and onion, topped with some fresh herbs.
Wild Mushroom Melts
Get scavenging for wild mushrooms - preferably in a supermarket or greengrocer rather than your local park - and fry them up with some raclette, gruyere, emmental or fontina in order to create a sumptuous snack, courtesy of The Londoner.
Goat cheese, radish and micro greens
A super lavish mini-toast, this uses a rustic bread and tops it with soft goat cheese, thinly sliced radishes and a scattering of micro-greens. Almost too delicate to eat. But we will. Thanks, Once Wed.
Ricotta and fig jam
Love and Lemons have created a delightful, fresh-tasting toast. Piled on top of the creamy ricotta and fig jam, comes caramelised onion slices with balsamic and fresh thyme leaves and lemon zest.
Persimmon, Brie and Prosciutto
Fruit, cheese and meat - that's all the basic food groups covered, right? The Wandering Fig have piled all three together on top of toast for a perfect sweet and savoury snack.
Goat cheese mousse with tomato salad and crispy pastrami
Making a mousse from goat cheese, cream and buttermilk, REMCooks add a pick'n'mix tomato salad and some panfried pastrami for this full-on fancy toast.
Grilled aubergine, slow roasted tomatoes, burrata and rocket
This is a toast to take your time over. Slow-roasted tomatoes and lingeringly grilled aubergine come together with fresh-tasting burrata cheese in this glam bruscetta conjured up by From The Kitchen.
Prawns with capers, green olives, goat cheese, baby peas and lemon oil
What Katie Ate has piled a whole lot on these cute toast crostinis. Not a bit of it is out of place, either. Fresh prawns hang out with olives and peas on a bed of goats cheese highlighted with a splash of lemon oil.
Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese
Sliced apple, strong cheddar cheese, red onion and rocket go to make up this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from Foodess, one of our fave ways to eat hot, cripsy bread.
Posh beans on toast
Far from your standard student fare, this high class take on a budget basic uses cannellini beans, baby plum tomatoes and garlic to create a magnificent meal. Rock My Style will show you how it's done.
Parmesan cream on tomato and olive toast
A real showstopper, this is cheese on toast like you've never seen it before. Eggs On The Roof conjure up a thick parmesan cream and pop it on tomato and olive toast adding an edible flower salad too. Magic!