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 ^_^
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!
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.
Here's what you'll need:
Let's take a closer look at each ingredient!
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:
- 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.
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).
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.
Step by Step Directions
Here's how to make it! It's so easy that instructions almost seem silly ^_^
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 the honey on top.
Eat hot and enjoy!
FAQs and Tips
Serving this toast open face is the most common way to enjoy. But I also love it sandwich style (see photo above).
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.
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 Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- Toast the bread.
- Spread the black sesame paste on the bread. (Make sure to stir the black sesame paste in the jar before spooning it out.)
- Drizzle honey on top.
- Eat hot and enjoy!