Honey Butter Toast with Strawberries

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
May 15, 2024 | Updated on May 15, 2024

Honey butter toast is thickly sliced, caramelized bread topped with strawberries and rose-flavored whipped cream. From a London bakery to TikTok, this honey toast recipe is the sweet treat your taste buds will crave.

Ready to try other delicious strawberry recipes? Try my Hailey Bieber Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry Dutch Baby Recipe, and Strawberry Ice Cream with Basil Oil next.

honey butter toast topped with rose whipped cream and strawberries on a plate

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Honey butter toast is golden brown and crispy on the outside with a warm, soft, fluffy center. Aside from the amazing taste and texture, it’s great to look at! It is refined enough for brunch or a tea party but easy enough for a decadent sweet-treat.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple – Who doesn’t love bread and butter? Add salt, sugar, and honey and these pantry staples make something truly decadent.
  • Indulgent – This recipe originated in a London bakery, but now you can indulge—no passport required! It’s sweet with the perfect hint of savory saltiness. Although I love it as a snack, you can go all out and serve this during the holidays, breakfast or lunch.
  • Versatile – You can swap the bread or toppings to customize your toast. Try different fruit and even ice cream!
honey butter toast topped with rose whipped cream and strawberries on a plate

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Honey Butter Toast

This recipe has four components: thick bread, caramelized crust, macerated strawberries, and a yummy rose whipped cream. Here is a breakdown of what you will need to make this honey toast. For actual measurements, see the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Shokupan or brioche bread  Shokupan is a Japanese white bread (it’s what the original recipe uses). It’s not as easy to find as brioche, but either bread works for this recipe. Both breads are soft and buttery but sturdy enough to hold the honey butter mixture. If you do use shokupan, you want to cut the slices 1-inch thick.
  • Salted butter – Use room temperature butter so it’s easier to mix.
  • Light brown sugar – This adds a warm sweetness and helps to achieve caramelization.
  • Honey This amplifies the bread’s sweetness and adds a sticky texture that evenly coats it.
  • Kosher salt – Balance the sweet taste with some Diamond Crystal.
honey, butter, and sugar in a clear mixing bowl

Macerated Strawberries

  • Strawberries – Hulled and quartered.
  • Light brown sugar – This draws out the natural juices of the strawberries when macerating.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit, creating a delicious syrup.

Rose Whipped Cream

  • Heavy cream – Use very cold heavy cream because it enhances the light, fluffy texture of the whipped cream.
  • Powdered sugar – This stabilizes the whipped cream, ensuring it’s smooth and not grainy. Sift when adding to the whipped cream for best results.
  • Rosewater – This adds a delicate floral flair to the dish. I use this specific rose water.
a bowl of quartered strawberries

How To Make Honey Butter Toast

Below is a summary of how to make honey toast. For a complete and detailed list of steps, see the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Macerate strawberries. Add all macerated strawberry ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.

3. Make honey butter. Remove corners of bread to make an even square (if needed). Add butter, brown sugar, honey, and salt to a bowl and use a fork to mix thoroughly.

4. Spread on toast and bake. Spread an even layer of the honey butter spread on all sides of the toast.

Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the toast and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes or until the toast is caramelized in color.

5. Cool toast. Remove from the oven and transfer the toast to a wire rack. Allow to cool for another 10 minutes, the crust will harden as it cools. While the toast cools, make the whipped cream.

6. Make the rose whipped cream. Add cream, powdered sugar, and rosewater to a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

7. Assemble. Top toast with the desired amount of rose whipped cream and macerated berries. Enjoy!

a bowl of quartered strawberries topped with brown and white sugar

Tips and Tricks

  • Spread the honey butter mixture evenly on all sides of the bread. That way, each bite is infused with a sweet, buttery flavor.
  • Remember to flip the toast. This ensures the bread toasts evenly.
  • Making more than two slices? Remove the crust off the entire loaf to save some time.
  • Once out of the oven, give the toast 10 minutes to cool on a wire rack. This allows the crust to harden slightly, enhancing its texture and mouthfeel.
  • Honey butter toast tastes best served shortly after baking. But you can save the honey butter mixture if you have leftovers. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Take it out of the fridge 10 minutes before you plan to use it so it’s easier to spread.
a clear mixing bowl filled with honey butter mixture

Variations

  • Bread – Instead of milk bread or brioche, you can try this recipe with Challah bread or sourdough.
  • Fruits You can use any type of berry you like (blueberries, raspberries, etc.). Sliced bananas taste great with the caramelized coating. If you’re feeling fancy, try a fruit compote like this peach compote.
  • Syrup – Drizzle the toast with chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, or salted caramel.
  • Ice Cream – Serve a thick stack of these with vanilla ice cream for an even more indulgent snack.
  • Air Fryer – Since this recipe only calls for two slices of bread, you can air fry it at 350°F for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
a thick slice of bread slathered with a honey butter sugar mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

What is honey toast?

Honey butter toast originated in London at Arôme Bakery. The signature toast is definitely inspired by Japan’s Shibuya toast. The dessert consists of thick slices of milk bread, caramelized with honey and butter. The popular bakery serves the toast plain but many recipes add toppings.

What’s the difference between honey butter toast and Shibuya toast?

Honey butter toast is made with honey-infused butter before baking. Shibuya toast (or brick toast) involves hollowing out a loaf of bread and filling it with ingredients like fruit, whipped cream, and ice cream.

How do you make honey toast?

Spread a mixture of softened butter, honey, sugar, and salt onto thick slices of bread. Then, bake the coated slices in a preheated oven until golden brown and caramelized. Add your favorite toppings for the ultimate dessert.

honey butter toast topped with rose whipped cream and strawberries on a plate

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honey butter toast topped with rose whipped cream and strawberries on a plate

Honey Butter Toast with Strawberries

Honey butter toast is thickly sliced, caramelized bread topped with strawberries and rose-flavored whipped cream. From a London bakery to TikTok, this honey toast recipe is the sweet treat your taste buds crave.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 toasts
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Asian

Equipment

  • Hand mixer
  • ¼ baking sheet,
  • Wire Rack
  • small mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces shokupan or brioche bread, cut into 1½-2 inch thick slices
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperture
  • tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crystal

Strawberries

  • 6 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Rose Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream, very cold
  • tablespoons powdered sugar
  • teaspoons rosewater

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Macerate strawberries. Add all macerated strawberry ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
  • Make honey butter. Remove corners of bread to make an even square (if needed). Add butter, brown sugar, honey, and salt to a bowl and use a fork to mix thoroughly.
  • Spread on toast and bake. Spread an even layer of the honey butter spread on all sides of the toast. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the toast and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes or until the toast is caramelized in color.
  • Cool toast. Remove from the oven and transfer the toast to a wire rack. Allow to cool for another 10 minutes, the crust will harden as it cools. While the toast cools, make the whipped cream.
  • Make the rose whipped cream. Add cream, powdered sugar, and rosewater to a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Assemble. Top toast with desired amount of rose whipped cream and macerated berries. Enjoy!
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