The country of kitsch is turning food into art using only pieces of bread as a canvas.
Toasted Hello Kittys, Pikachus and Kawaii-style rabbits are trending on Japanese blogs, with innovative, and cute, designs being burnt onto pieces of bread.
Spreads like Vegemite, jam, honey and even cheese are then used to illustrate the more famous features of each character, tuning the burnt-out shapes into life-like toy figures.
Hello Kitty: A Japanese food blogger known as Kummy makes cute and kitsch toast art
Hello Kitty:一位名叫 Kummy 的日本美食博主，制作了这个可爱的烤吐司艺术品。
Pop figures: The Japanese rabbit Cathy was created as a friend of Hello Kitty, a favourite character for toast art
The trend first started to pick up 2008 with professional artists using hundreds of toast pieces to illustrate famous figures, from Barack Obama to X-Factor judges.
However burning bread as a form of art and illustration has existed since the late Nineties.
Upper crust: Spreads like Vegemite, jam, honey and even cheese are used to illustrate the more famous features of each character, tuning the burnt-out shapes into life-like toy figures
烤面包： 将烤焦而成的形状变成栩栩如生的公仔， 再用维奇酱、果酱、蜂蜜甚至是奶酪描绘出各个角色的特征。
Holy toast: Using the sandwich slices as a medium to etch cute Japanese pop-culture figures, the unknown artists share their creations on sites such as 88 Apple Cheeks, Kummy and Learn to Play Dad
Holy toast（指在吐司面包上烤出天使图案的面包片）：以三明治面包切片为媒介，刻画出可爱的日本流行文化角色，这些不知名的艺术家们，如88 Apple Cheeks、 Kummy以及Learn to Play Dad，在网上晒他们的作品。
New Zealand artist Maurice Bennett was exhibiting toast art over a decade ago, creating toast portraits by exploring his 'Flame as a paintbrush' idea.
新西兰艺术家Maurice Bennett在十多年前就展出了他探寻“画笔的火焰”这一主题时创作的烤吐司肖像作品 。
Using the sandwich slices as a medium to etch cute Japanese pop-culture figures, the unknown artists share their creations on sites such as 88 Apple Cheeks, Kummy and Learn to Play Dad.
以三明治面包切片为媒介，刻画出可爱的日本流行文化角色，这些不知名的艺术家们，如88 Apple Cheeks、 Kummy以及Learn to Play Dad，在网上晒他们的作品。
Pokemon breakfast: Pikachu is also a popular character for toast art in Japan
Edible images: Kummy has been make toast art since 2008, however the using burnt pieces of bread has been used by professional artists for over a decade
The how-to method, which only involves aluminum foil and a loaf of bread, is easy to follow for a kitsch home-made breakfast.
However handfuls of Japanese food blogs now post images of toasted character bread which they call Toast Art.
Cute enough to eat: Easy figures for DIY toast art include teddy bears, and Gromit from TV's Wallace and Gromit
Breakfast treats: With a great attention to detail, 88 Apple Cheeks successfully makes cute figures on bread without having to use spreads for decoration
早餐“食谱”：十分注意细节的88 Apple Cheeks 在没有使用任何涂抹酱料做装饰的情况下，成功在面包上烤出了可爱的形象。
How-to: A blog called Learn to Play Dad illustrates how to create your own toast art at home
怎么做:名为Learn to Play Dad的博主展示了如何在家创作你自己的烤吐司作品。
End result: After the aluminum foil has come off, you are left with the character's shape and are ready to decorate
Cutting out a desired character in aluminum foil, place the shape on a piece of bread and then either place these in the oven to grill, a toaster, or use a blow torch to burn, or toast, the exposed areas.
Another option is using a simple Hello Kitty toaster, which has the cute cat's shape already built into it.
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