Toast isn’t just a breakfast side anymore. Catapulted to the top of menus thanks to the avocado toast craze, toast is now a main course. But it’s also a great, super-simple base for dessert. Try it topped with caramelly dulce de leche (which you can make in just one step using this week’s Mad Genius Tip) or opt for one of these easy and delicious recipes.
1. Pear Bruschetta with Hazelnut Cream
Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been making rustic fruit bruschetta (essentially, a fruit tart with a bread crust) for years. This pear bruschetta, with its layer of creamy hazelnut frangipane flavored with amaretto, is a comforting, cold-weather incarnation.
2. Toasted Bread and Bittersweet Chocolate
Nothing could be easier than slapping a piece of chocolate on a slice of bread: Spanish children do it all the time as an after-school snack. But by sprinkling the melted chocolate with sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil, Ferran Adrià turns kid food into something parents will want to try.