Marmite on toast
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Marmite on toast

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Serves 1

Some marmite spread on some toast

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  • marmite
  • bread (warburtons seeded batch preferably)
  • butter
  • bay leaf (optional)


    1. put bread in toaster
    2. get out butter and marmite
    3. get toast out of toaster when done
    4. spread butter on toast
    5. spread marmite on toast
    6. serve with bay leaf (optional)
    7. eat it

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Comments (130)

gruffbrown's picture

It's brought a tear to my eye. Thank you BBC.

gruffbrown's picture

This recipe changed my life and gained me a Michelin star.

dakotahblu's picture

At first this was a bit challenging, but I am now very comfortable with this recipe. It is great for when the mother in law visits, she will think you slaved over it for hours and know that her son is in good hands and won't go hungry. Thank you again!

jsarnold's picture

Do you know if this can be frozen? It would be great to know that this delicious, nutritious and wholesome meal was just a reheat away after a hard day's work.

trane84's picture

I have recently been experimenting with classic French cuisine and was looking for more of a challenge, needless to say I was excited to come across this recipe.

I replaced the bread with new season asparagus tips and 'toasted' them using a cigarette lighter (this took longer than expected). As I hate marmite, I made a hollandaise sauce using yolks from fresh duck eggs. To top it off, I used a few shavings of truffle as I find bay leaves to be too expensive.

The finished article was delicious, although it did fall short of the massive expectations I had for it.

Just a side note, I think food of this nature is best enjoyed whilst sat outdoors, naked.

Thank you very much for this recipe.

foldsfive's picture

I'm tempted by this, but it looks a little beyond my skill. Could the bread be replaced by, say, ham?

teacherman's picture

I am a teacher at a secondary school and was looking for a simple recipe to do with my year 9 students when I stumbled across this recipe. It looked simple enough but my students really struggled. We only have 1 hour lessons and what with the preparation time, tidying up and putting them into containers, we were so late for the next lesson I got a written warning from the principal.
This is clearly a recipe only for the experienced chef - approach with care...

toadface's picture

Only 2 stars. This recipe isn't really sustaining enough for a large family so I made 4 portions, sprinkled the finished dish with curry powder and served with "half-and-half" chips and rice, poppadoms & mango chutney.. and it met with a surprisingly luke warm response. I'd be interested to see what Nigella makes of this. Personally I really don't think it's worth all these rave reviews.

alexgillygill's picture

As another user commented, I was also confused as to which side of the bread should have the marmite. I found that the side facing you is the easiest to apply marmite to.
Apart from lacking this important instruction, this is a vry good recipe, and works very well.

madeinnicaragua's picture

If you don't have a toaster for your bread, this is equally delicious on cardboard.

jettyxx00's picture

Wow! as a busy Mum of 10 children under 10 who still can find a few hours in the day to surf the net I appreciate recipes like this. I just want to know if anyone has made it in a slow cooker, and increased the amounts. Also, if I don't have any bread can I just substitute flour and water?

speedywheels's picture

OMG I'm abso****inglutly overwhelmed with excitement over this recipie, Its the best one I have had in a long time & its relativly easy for novices or new cooks. I am also very proud to share that I got it spot on the first time I that I tried this :) Plus this is a great recipie if your on a tight budget, and I would just like to add that you can adapt this if your feeling a little calorie conscious or are on a diet, so no need to miss out , just use a Danish loaf & Flora light (half the calories) without compromising on the great taste. win win

gillspector's picture

I prepared all the ingredients in advance to save time, just like the tv chefs do. Sadly I had to leave out the bay leaf as my bay leaf jar is empty. 4 hours and 10 minutes ago I put the bread in the toaster and have been checking it every 5 minutes since. How will we know when it is done? A fly has now got in to the marmite, maybe he can be the substitute for the bay leaf ? Just a thought: were we supposed to switch the toaster on? It is not in the instructions.

lucymaislish's picture

Does anyone know where I can get "marmite" from? Do you need to go to a specialist food shop?

championfood's picture

Instructions unclear, foot stuck in toaster.

montimonti's picture

After making this lovely dish a few times with great success, thanks to a well written guide. I got a bit brave, a bit to brave I must say. I wanted to be creative you know. Go wild and crazy. So I started to experiment with the order of the ingrediens. I got that light bulb moment to spread the slice before the toasting moment. Well not to recomend I must say. Very messy and now my kitchen stinks.

avalanch3ee's picture

As I am rather inexperienced, when it comes to showing off my cooking skills, I must say that this recipe was incredibly easy to make. I made this at a dinner party, and well, let's just say that I had practically no washing up to do that night.

What I would suggest, is substituting the Bread for a Steak, and the Marmite for a home made marinade. I have not tried this myself, but my family and friends have all tried it, and they said that it was delicious.

But don't take my word for it, try it yourself!

lewisking34's picture

I used a fork to spread the marmite, absolute DISASTER.
Please list CLEAR instructions.

seasidegirl2525's picture

Substituted parsley for bay leaf the second time as the bay leaf got stuck up my nose the first time!

churstuk's picture

I don't think Mikeypoos tried this recipe. It's great. He must of forgotten the bay leaf. I can see why he'd be let down


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