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Black Sesame Toast

Black Sesame Toast is a quick and easy weekday breakfast! You just need three ingredients. Toast the bread, spread the black sesame paste, drizzle the honey. Ready to eat! It’s nutty and lightly sweet, the perfect way to start each day. Don’t forget a hot cup of tea or coffee ^_^

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!
Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!

Why This Recipe Works

Looking for a quick breakfast or easy afternoon snack?

This Black Sesame Honey toast always hits the spot. It is super ono!

You know how peanut butter and jelly on toast is so popular? This is basically the same thing, except with black sesame paste and honey.

I dare say this is even more delicious than peanut butter and jelly ^_^

This pairing of toast with black sesame paste and honey is a no brainer. The black sesame paste is silky, rich, and sooo deep and nutty. The honey gives it a little sweet lift. All drizzled onto hot toast, so ono!

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!
Toast for two.

Think of this less as a recipe and more as a concept. I’ve yet to see black sesame toast on the menu anywhere in the US, but have come across it a fair amount at cafes in Asia.

I think it is only a matter of time before black sesame toast makes it way here to Hawaii and then the rest of the mainland US.

Ingredients for Black Sesame Toast (soft white bread, honey, and black sesame paste).

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient!

A loaf of white “family bread” from Epi-Ya.
Family Bread from Epi-Ya Boulangerie (Oahu).

Bread (Shokupan or Milk Bread)

You can technically use any type of bread (even a baguette), but the most ideal bread for this toast is the soft white bread found at Japanese, Chinese, and Korean bakeries. In Hawaii we can even find this type of bread at our local supermarkets and the drugstore!

It’s sold under many different names (and each bakery makes it slightly different), and some of the most popular names include:

  • Shokupan
  • Milk Bread
  • Family Bread

Basically any type of fluffy white bread you find at an Asian bakery will work ^_^

If there are no Asian bakeries nearby, challah and brioche will make good substitutes.

A jar of black sesame paste.
Kadoya Black Sesame Paste

Black Sesame Paste

Black sesame paste is basically liquified roasted black sesame seeds. Imagine a super silky smooth peanut butter or tahini…but made with black sesame seeds!

Black sesame paste is a super cool ingredient and I wish it was more popular (so that everyone can get it all the supermarkets!) For now, you’ll have to go to a Japanese market or buy it online.

There are 2 main brands of black sesame paste I use:

  • Wadaman – Delicious and expensive.
  • Kadoya – Also delicious, more affordable. Can order online. This is the same brand that produces the sesame oil we use in many recipes.

I’m working on an upcoming recipe for making own black sesame paste at home (it’s fun but definitely more work than just buying a jar).

A jar of Hawaiian honey.
Honey from Big Island Bees.

Honey

You can use any type of honey, but if you’re in Hawaii or planning to visit soon, I would make the extra effort to get local Hawaiian honey.

We usually use honey from Big Island Bees – the honey comes from their farm on the Big Island aka Hawaii Island.

You can find it easily online. Or even better…stop by Costco Hawaii and get a giant 47 ounce jar (pictured above) for a very good price.

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!
Drizzle or spread, do it how you like.

Step by Step Directions

Here’s how to make it! It’s so easy that instructions almost seem silly ^_^

Toast.
Toast the bread. I like it super toasted, very golden. Other people like it lightly toasted. There is no right or wrong, just do what you like.

Spread black sesame.
Spread the black sesame paste on the bread.

You can completely cover the bread with a layer of black sesame paste (what a sight!) Or you can lightly drizzle it on top.

Like with peanut butter and jelly, it just depends how much or little black sesame flavor you prefer.

Tip: Make sure to stir the black sesame paste in the jar before spooning it out. All the black sesame sinks to the bottom and the oil floats to the top, so you want to get everything evenly mixed before using.

Drizzle honey.
Drizzle the honey on top.

Eat hot.
Eat hot and enjoy!

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!
Black Sesame Toast, sandwich-style.

FAQs and Tips

Open face or sandwich?

Serving this toast open face is the most common way to enjoy. But I also love it sandwich style (see photo above).

Add kinko!

When it comes to additions, one very popular idea is adding a sprinkle kinako powder (toasted soybean powder)! Do this as the last step after you add the honey. Gives it greath depth of flavor and makes it even more nuttier.

More butter, please.

Another super cool idea is to butter the toast right when it comes out of the toaster, and then add the black sesame paste and honey.

If you make it sandwich style, cut thicker slices of butter and place them along the center line of the slice and on top of the black sesame paste and honey. That way when you cut the bread in half (to make a sandwich), you can see a few slips of butter in the middle. The black and white contrast is very pretty.

And butter + black sesame paste + honey is just super ono!

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!
Extra toasty, nice and hot!

Black Sesame Toast Recipe

See below and enjoy ^_^

Black Sesame Toast, ready to eat!

Black Sesame Toast

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Black Sesame Toast is a quick and easy weekday breakfast! You just need three ingredients. Toast the bread, spread the black sesame paste, drizzle the honey. Ready to eat! It's nutty and lightly sweet, the perfect way to start each day. Don't forget a hot cup of tea or coffee ^_^

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Spread the black sesame paste on the bread. (Make sure to stir the black sesame paste in the jar before spooning it out.)
  3. Drizzle honey on top.
  4. Eat hot and enjoy!

Karen

Friday 18th of June 2021

Hi, Kathy Can't wait for your black sesame paste recipe! I left a question on the black sesame tofu recipe. I thought I ordered black sesame paste, but I mistakenly ordered black sesame powder. So, I'm trying to figure out how to make the paste; I want to make 2 versions, sweet and savory. From what I can find out in my research, one simply dilutes with either sesame oil or honey. Is it truly that simple? I'm mostly concerned for the sweet paste because I want to make ice cream and I am worried that the honey will get too hard in the ice cream freezer. Plus, now I have another black sesame recipe! Thanks, Karen

Karen

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Thanks, Kathy, can't wait for the recipe

Kathy

Friday 18th of June 2021

Aloha Karen! I haven't worked with black sesame powder before, but to make paste from the roasted seeds, all you need is a (lot) of patience, a food processor and honey (for sweet) or sesame oil (for savory). I'll get the post up in the next week. One important note: I've never been able to get homemade sesame paste AS smooth as the store bought sesame paste. If you are looking for a super smooth sesame paste (I think this is just a matter of personal preference), I recommend buying sesame paste from the market. Hope you enjoy the recipe! ^_^ - Kathy

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