Shibuya Honey Brick Toast Recipe | What it is & how you make it

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  September 5, 2020
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Guess what? You don’t have to go to Japan to eat this mouth-watering dessert.

You can perfectly do it in the comfort of your home and share it with your friends and family in less than half an hour.

Here’s a 9 easy steps recipe for a delicious Shibuya Honey Toast at home!

Simple 9 step shibuya honey toast recipe

Shibuya Honey Toast ingredients

I’ll give you the ingredients list and a 9 step detailed recipe to make a phenomenal Shibuya honey toast at home.

As I mentioned before, this could also be a delicious breakfast. It’d be a tiny bit similar to eating fluffy French toast with a side of fruits in the morning.

It’ll all depend on what you’re in the mood for.

Maybe if you read on I may even create my own salty style of Shibuya, it’d be called the Shibuya Salty Toast.

Get it? Okay no, moving on to the ingredients!

Shibuya honey toast recipe

Just a tip, daifuku is a Japanese ball of sticky rice stuffed with Anko which is a sweet red bean paste or stuffed with fruits. Size may vary from small to the size of the palm of your hand. Now, we know that not every convenience store around the world will sell these so you will be allowed to put a small dessert or other fruits of your preference.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Bread, Honey
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $10

Ingredients

  • 4 inch slab of milk bread or other soft bread at your local convenience store or supermarket. Slice the end of the white bread loaf; this will be your hallowed box (there should be a crust on 5 sides). If you’re lucky to find pain de mie, you will have the perfect Shibuya honey toast.
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (you can heat it in a small bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds but stop and check every 10 seconds)
  • 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ripe bana peeled and sliced crosswise
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream or ice cream of your preference
  • ½ cup whipped cream (or two, it just depends the kind of person that you are)
  • Choose your garnishes, nuts, cookies, fruit, and/or candies. (Preferably Pocky brand biscuits, wafer straws, mini macaroons, mocha, daifuku, matcha truffles and praline roses)

Instructions

  • For the first step (and to take advantage of time) you preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit (180 Celcius). Now you will get your baking sheet ready with parchment paper and set aside for future needs.
  • Take a small bowl and then toss the berries with the sugar. By berries I mean blueberries if you prefer or strawberries even blackberries if you’re into them. Leave the berries and the banana slices with the sugar in the bowl and set the bowl aside to macerate while you work on the toast box.
  • A serrated or bread knife will work best for this next step but if you don't have one, a vegetable or puntilla knife will work. Just be careful to not squish the bread too much. If it’s sharp enough, cutting the bread won’t be hard. If you don’t want to risk it, hit up a friend and get yourself a bread knife! Using the knife start cutting a square from the crust-less side of the bread. Make sure to leave at least ½-inch border on all four sides and at the bottom side. These will be your beautiful walls.
  • Now take the squared crust-less bread and cut small bite-sized cubes. These smaller cubes will also go in the oven to get crusty.
  • Spread the pieces and the hollowed out box on a prepared baking sheet and brush them on all sides with a melted butter and honey mixture (1:1 ratio) so they’re evenly covered. Brush the inner walls of your toast box with only butter. You can use a cooking brush for this or the back of a spoon.
  • Put them inside the oven once it has reached the needed temperature. Occasionally open the oven and turn all the cubes so they brown evenly as well. Do this until the small cubes are crisp and golden. It’ll take about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the bread cubes and continue baking the toast box until crisp. That would be around 10 more minutes.
  • Once you take the toast box out of the oven brush the inner walls with sweetened condensed milk. Your kitchen must be full with a freshly baked aroma by now.
  • Now put the crusty pieces of bread back into the toast box and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of honey on it. (If you want to add more go ahead it’ll be our little secret ;)).
  • Top the toast with the pieces of sugared fruit and add 1 scoop of ice cream of your favorite flavor and whipped cream. Garnish it with cookies, candies and/or nuts as desired. Drizzle the magnificent structure of sweetness with a final tablespoon of honey or chocolate sauce and serve right away with forks and knives. This dessert is meant to be served hot.

It’s incredibly easy to make! The longest part for me was to garnish it since I wanted it to look exactly like the pictures.

What is a Shibuya Honey Toast?

Shibuya Honey Toast (also known as brick toast) is a dish that promotes sharing.

Servings are for 2-4 people. That number will also depend on how much you can eat though.

I’m a dessert lover so I could probably eat it by myself. You know what they, say dessert doesn’t go to the stomach it goes to the heart.

Shibuya honey toast dessert

It’s a dessert that is meant to be shared with others, especially with friends.

I call it a dessert however this could be a nice, heart-warming breakfast too. I can bet your coworkers will be shocked.

This dessert is a squared shaped basket with crusty walls with smaller pieces of crusty bread inside and a mixture of either fruits or sweets or both.

You can add different garnishes to your Shibuya honey toast and the more, the better.

Don’t worry if you think it has too much of everything, garnish it with every nut, cookie or candy your mouth is craving at the moment.

Shibuya honey toast dessert with strawberries

When I heard about this dessert, I said to myself: “I have to make it”.

I really enjoy preparing different desserts for my family on Sunday afternoons. It has become a tradition!

I make the dessert and my brothers are in charge of searching for a movie or show that will entertain everyone who was nice enough to stop by.

Sometimes we would have friends over too, it’s really fun to do it. It doesn’t take long and no extravagant techniques are needed.

We try to keep this tradition as multicultural as possible and this past Sunday I stumbled on the Shibuya honey toast.

It’s a Japanese dessert mostly served at cafes or karaoke bars in Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore but it’s still popular around the world.

It originated from the district of Shibuya, a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan.

Japanese are focused on the decoration of the food and are mostly concerned if it will look nice on the top and it’ll look even nicer once cut open.

I try to do the same but it wouldn’t come out the right way.

The Taiwanese version of this dish is usually topped with condensed milk, custard or cheese instead of ice cream or whipped cream.

Shibuya honey toast in America, New York

You can also find the dessert in New York!

In fact, New York Shibuya Honey Toast lets you build your own Shibuya. This dessert will cost you approximately $8-$9 in New York City.

Although it’s recommended that you order it on an empty stomach if you even want a chance to eat it all.

Some restaurants have two sizes for this dessert. Also, remember you can always share it with a friend.

You may not find it as “Shibuya honest toast” at every place so try describing it to your waiter and mention “honey toast as an Asian dessert”.

I hope your waiter can hook you up with the right dessert.

At any restaurant it’ll take 25-40 minutes to serve so please be patient, your wait will be worth it.

Once it’s served, eat it while it’s still warm. The warm buttered bread paired with the cold sweet ice cream will overwhelm your taste buds.

Conclusion

I hope you will enjoy this dessert with your dear ones or be able to impress that significant other with this divine dessert.

I am a sucker for desserts and I’m always looking for popular desserts in other countries. I am particularly interested in Asian cuisine and came across this flavorful one.

A fireworks explosion of flavors in your mouth, from the sweet ice cream to the sour berries and the crusty bread this dessert will definitely change your mood completely.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.