Great Toast Sans Toaster
I don't own a toaster. I haven't had one for a long time for a number of reasons, but perhaps the main one is counter space, or rather lack thereof. (I don't own a microwave either.) Thus a lot of things people usually do with a dedicated device I do with a pan and the stove. Toasting is one. Here's the best way I've come up with, after trying many methods, most obvious the broiler. Take a frying pan, put it on medium low heat. Put some butter or olive oil in the bottom of the pan and place the bread in it, making sure not to crowd the pan. Place another pan on top (I use my cast iron for this). Optional to put a piece of foil between the top pan and the bread. The top pan acts as a lid but also gently presses the bread into the cooking surface. Check occasionally as you don't want to burn the bread. The first side takes about three to five minutes. It will be time to flip when the bread gets browned on the bottom side and is otherwise soft from the natural steam. When you flip turn the heat off. There will be plenty of residual heat in the system to finish the other side of the bread. This is great if you cooked something in the pan first and want to get the flavor into the bread. For instance, if you cooked bacon in the pan, remove most of the grease, leaving behind perhaps a tablespoon, and fry the bread in the pan. It won't be greasy, but it will taste quite intensely of bacon. Edit: I guess in retrospect this should be obvious. A toaster is a unitasker, after all.