Brick Toast

Sometimes my recipes come from ideas that pop into my mind suddenly. Sometimes they are inspired by something I ate and want to re-create. Sometimes they arise out of frustration that a restaurant can’t seem to get right what should be very simple.

Can you guess what inspired the brick toast making?

Brick toast is a popular snack served at most Taiwanese Tapioca/Boba Tea Cafes. It’s pretty easy to make, but it’s actually quite hard to find a good version.

Recently, I had a very poor version at Tea Station and a version I thought was too buttery at Up 2 You Cafe, so I decided to make my own.

There’s quite a few variations you can make. Each one starts with a butter base. But you can make a sweet cream butter, a butter custard, condensed milk, honey butter, etc. You can also top with various sauces like chocolate or Nutella.

My favorites are the condensed milk and the sweet butter, though the condensed milk one burns easily.

For the toast, I purchase the “extra thick” slices (not to be confused with just the “thick slices” which aren’t as thick) of toast baked and sold at Nijiya, a Japanese Supermarket. Thick toast slices can often be found at Chinese bakeries as well. I know some people will use Texas Style toast, but I don’t think it is thick enough. Also if you can find some unsliced toast, that works too.

Next, you’ll need a toaster oven. You need to remove the tray and toast the bread directly on the wire rack so that both sides will be toasted.

Some places serve brick toast uncut, but I think it’s best to cut it before the toasting, so that the toast doesn’t get smashed down afterwards when you’re trying to slice it into smaller pieces.

Brick toast is a great afternoon snack. It goes well with tea, coffee, etc. I think I would be happy eating brick toast everyday. It’s one of my favorite things.

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Taiwanese Style Brick Toast


extra thick slices of toast

Sweet Butter Cream:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar

Condensed Milk:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup condensed milk

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk powder
1/2 egg yolk
1/4 cup butter (you can also replace the sugar and milk powder for condensed milk)


Whichever butter spread you prefer, whisk all ingredients together until mixed and the butter is light and creamy. Spread generously on 4 slices of thick toast. Slice toast into small squares with sharp knife but don't cut all the way through. Place on wire rack of toaster oven. Set to toast setting, medium. Watch toast while it is cooking to make sure it doesn't burn.

Top with chocolate sauce or Nutella if desired.


16 Responses to “Brick Toast”

  1. Jinxi — November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Mm, I love brick toast. BTW totally unrelated – I was at RakiRaki last night and saw that the crepes place is now offering snow fluff ice. Have you tried it yet?

    • Kirbie replied: — November 2nd, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      Hi Jinxi. No I have not tried it yet. Also didn’t see it when I was there just last weekend, though I did see that they had a shaved ice machine in the back. I’ll have to go back and check!

  2. Dina — November 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    interesting! i hadn’t heard of brick toast before. sounds like a yummy snack!

    • Kirbie replied: — November 3rd, 2012 @ 7:09 am

      it’s really good!

  3. Jenne — November 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Lady, you are crazy. The honey toast at Up2You is the most delicious thing in the whole world! ;-) Their bread is somehow better and crispier, and while I have a high butter tolerance, I really don’t think it’s too buttery. It is glorious.

    • Kirbie replied: — November 4th, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

      Well everyone has different tastes and preferences. Also it could have just been that the person who made mine made it too buttery. Mine was soaked in butter. You could see the oil all throughout the entire toast/bread when I had it at Up2You. I still think it’s a cute cafe. I just would prefer to make my own brick toast.

  4. Iris — November 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Omg love these! I spend much of my teenage years eating this with bubble tea. Yum.

    • Kirbie replied: — November 5th, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      I think it’s just as yummy as an adult now. hehee =)

  5. Michelle — December 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my goodness… I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for a longggg time. Thank you so much!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 13th, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

      You’re welcome!

  6. Faye — January 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    thank you for posting this! i’ve been trying to make honey brick toast at home, and it’s definitely a work in progress. i like the cherry blossom bread from nijiya and it has the best density and texture. have you tried using the milk bread from pangea bakery with your recipe?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

      I have not tried using the milk bread yet, only the bread from Nijiya. I’m sure it would work though!

  7. J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — October 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    omg you have a recipe for brick toast. words cannot describe how happy i am to find this gem.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 18th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

      It’s so easy to make on your own! I hardly ever get it out anymore

  8. Beth — December 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    We made brick toast this past weekend using milk bread from Pangea. You can get a “slice” about 2 1/2-3 inches thick for 80 cent. It had the perfect flavor and texture for brick toast.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:13 pm


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