Recently, I was in Dallas for a book signing of my latest book, Sweetness, and my dear friend, Karen, and her daughter took me to this fabulous tea room inside a huge Christmas warehouse store. Sidenote: there are so many wonderful things in that last sentence that I have to either skim over it or stop and write a novel to explain. This is your lucky day, I’m skimming.
As we sat down, they brought us a basket of what they called “toasties”. Strips of crunchy toasted bread covered in the most amazing seasoning. We asked about the seasoning and found out that they sold it, so I was able to bring it home for my family to try as well.
From the very first batch I made at home, folks came out of the woodwork. “What is that delicious smell?” “When is it going to be ready?” My favorite was when my daughter’s best friend, Sara Jane, came over and the moment she walked in the door she paused and said “I don’t know what it is but as soon as it’s done I want some!”.
To say that this wonderfully seasoned toasted bread was a hit would be an understatement. So you know I had to come up with my own recipe in order to duplicate it after my jar of seasoning was gone. The recipe I am sharing with you today is not identical to the one from the tea room, I don’t have that recipe, but it is close enough that my family still offers up the same reactions whenever they smell the bread toasting.
This mix makes a wonderful gift, especially when accompanied by a nice loaf of french bread. It also has plenty of uses as an all purpose seasoning – and I’ll be bringing you a recipe demonstrating that soon. But for today, I want to give you the seasoning itself. All that is required is a bowl and a spoon to stir it together!
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1 + 3/4 cup granulated garlic
- 1/2 cup dried oregano
- 1/2 cup dried parsley
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons white pepper
- Stir all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Store in an airtight container.
- To make bread: Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter and stir in 1 tablespoon of mix. Brush on 6-8 pieces of bread before toasting in the oven.
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
~T. S. Eliot