A favourite childhood snack of mine is 'biscocho' - toasted left-over bread smeared with butter (or Star margarine) and sprinkled with sugar. Biscocho in Spanish means sponge cake while the Filipino version is a crunchy piece of bread toasted with butter and sugar all around. This is certainly one of my most treasured comfort food from my growing up period in the Phils. The crunchy bite on the bread (usually pandesal) with the salty-sweet taste of the caramelised butter-sugar mixture is simply a great way to fill you up. You could just imagine how this came about - mothers who wanted to use up their supply of stale pandesals and serve as snacks to their brood. What a nice invention.
slices of bread
butter or margarine
- Spread butter or margarine on the bread and sprinkle sugar on top. Spread the butter a bit on the thick side to have enough for caramelising with the sugar also to make the sugar stick on the bread. If you prefer you can do this on both sides of the bread.
- Grill in a hot oven (about 400F/200C) until butter and sugar bubbles up and turn golden. Serve warm or cold.