The problem with toasting bread under the griller, rather than in a toaster, is that it takes so long the bread tends to harden rather than warm up. The resulting toast is somewhat suboptimal, not more than a 4/10 as opposed to the 8’s and 9’s you can get with a proper toaster that you know well.
The flat toaster isn’t working, or rather it half-works – two of the four slots toast only one side of the bread and another slot doesn’t work at all. Since I like three slices in the morning, I’m forced to judge timings and turn around two slices, which will never be as well toasted as the lucky slice in the fully-functional slot. Therefore my haul is usually: one slice of decent toast, and two slices of good-enough-for-breakfast-but-far-from-perfect semi-toasted flipped-over slices.
When you make toast in the oven’s griller, the designers appear to have given no thought to late-process butter-asorption issues: butter on a grilled slice tends to float on the top rather than soak in. Thus the grilling-by-oven process contains a major operational error. Toyota would never have let this happen. Do they make toasters?
I’m not sure why the toaster isn’t working. It’s possible it’s got something to do with the wall of flame that erupted from it when I used it on Monday and all the electricity to the kitchen went off – who knows? Some mysteries may never be solved.
I know this isn’t an earth-shattering problem, but toast is a pretty major part of my life pre-9am, and bad toast means bad start to the day. Toast is important.