Brick Toast Recipe
Brick toast—also known as honey toast or Shibuya toast—is a popular Japanese treat that piles an assortment of fun toppings inside fluffy bread.
- Serves: 4 persons
- For the Bread:
- 3cups bread flour
- 2tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1package active dry yeast
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1cup warm water
- 2tablespoons vegetable oil
- For the Filling and Topping:
- 1(4-inch) piece unsliced white bread, cut from the end of the loaf (there should be crust on five sides)
- ½cup strawberries (sliced)
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
- 2tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 3tablespoons honey (divided use)
- 2scoops vanilla ice cream
- ½cup whipped cream
- Assorted cookies, and candies for garnish (such as Pocky biscuit sticks, wafer straws, or mini macarons)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Prepare the homemade white bread. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the bread flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir to combine and set aside. In a small saucepan heat the water and oil to 120 to 130 F.
Step 3Add the warm liquids to the flour and yeast mixture. Combine until blended, then gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Step 4Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 to 7 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic, using additional flour if necessary.
Step 5Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease the top. Cover and let rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.
Step 6Turn the dough onto lightly floured surface and roll or pat into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with the shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and ends to seal.
Step 7Place into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise and additional 30 to 45 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before preparing and filling the brick toast.
Step 8To prepare the brick toast, preheat the oven to 350 F. Using a serrated knife and starting from the crustless side of the bread, cut a square out of the center of the loaf (do not cut all the way through), leaving a 1/2-inch border on all four sides and at the bottom crust. Remove the cube and cut into 1-inch pieces, leaving the box intact.
Step 9Spread the pieces and the toast box out onto a baking sheet and brush them on all sides with the melted butter. Bake, turning the pieces occasionally so they brown evenly, until the small cubes are crisp and golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the cubes and continue baking the toast box until crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes more.
Step 10Brush the inside of the toasted bread box with the sweetened condensed milk.
Step 11Gently toss the toasted bread cubes with the strawberries. Spoon the mixture into the toast box and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the honey.
Step 12Top the brick toast with scoops of ice cream and dollops of whipped cream. Garnish with a colorful variety of cookies and candies as desired.
Step 13Drizzle with the final tablespoon of honey and serve immediately with forks and steak knives.