An Ode to Café’s Countertop Cooking Appliances

TikTok made the humble toaster popular again, and we couldn’t agree more. This everyday appliance deserves more time in the spotlight. Why wouldn’t you want a Café Express Finish Toaster to toast bread to your “just right” doneness, and bagels with both sides crisp? Not to mention, our toaster looks fabulous just sitting on your counter. And though we do not condone using our toaster to melt cheese inside, we highly recommend doing so in our Café Couture Countertop Oven with Air Fry. And because that time of year is coming up, you may want to consider giving a toast(er) or countertop oven to your favorite home chef this gifting season.    

Café Couture Oven = Your Next Favorite Appliance

Besides being a match to your Café Appliances, our Couture Oven looks modern and alluring sitting on your countertop. Available in three finishes, Matte Black, Stainless Steel, and Matte White, you’ll find one to blend in with your kitchen décor.

On days when you don’t want to heat up the entire kitchen with your range or wall oven, the Couture Oven with Air Fry makes the perfect alternative. Its spacious interior can hold a 9” x 13” pan or a 12” pizza. And with 14 cooking modes (i.e., Air Fry, Crisp Finish, Bake, Broil, Roast, Toast, Bagel, Pizza, Cookies, Proof, Dehydrate, Slow Cook, Reheat and Keep Warm), you can cook just about anything in it, including this delicious recipe.

•    Puff Pastry Wrapped Cheesy Asparagus—Melty cheese, crispy puff pastry, and savory asparagus make a lovely appetizer for your next gathering or make them as a snack anytime.

Café Express Finish Toaster = Your Everyday Hero

If only every toaster could be so fabulous. Our toaster toasts bread faster than traditional toasters with its Express Finish mode while looking quite handsome on your countertop. You’ll find it in three finishes (Matte Black, Stainless Steel, and Matte White) to match our Café Appliances, so it goes with your current Café Appliances suite.

And it makes more than an amazing slice of toast in your choice of 8 shades. You’ll reach for this toaster every morning to make a variety of toasty breakfast favorites.
•   Extra-wide slots are perfect for thick artisanal breads, bagels, English muffins, and more.
•   Choose Frozen mode to cook even frozen Belgian waffles from frozen to crispy and hot.
•   Our Bagel setting ensures your bagel toasts on both sides at once so every bite has a delicious crunch.
•   Reheat mode warms and crisps your waffle, bread, or English muffin quickly.

While shopping this season of giving, consider Café countertop cooking appliances. Both our Café Express Finish Toaster and our Café Couture Oven with Air Fry make wonderful gifts. They’re versatile cooking appliances that stand out on the countertop for more than their stunning good looks.

Puff Pastry Wrapped Asparagus

Puff Pastry Wrapped Asparagus

Cook Time 40 min | 3-4 Servings


1 sheet puff pastry, thawed to room temperature
1 package Boursin cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bunch thick asparagus spears (about 15)
1 egg

How to Make It

Preheat Couture countertop oven to 375°F convection bake. Line sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, whip together the Boursin cheese and heavy cream. Season with black pepper. Roll the puff pastry sheet out on a lightly floured surface. Spread the cheese mixture evenly onto the puff pastry. Cut it into 16 even strips, about ½ inch wide.

Beat 1 egg with ½ teaspoon cold water to create egg wash.

Rinse and trim the ends of your asparagus; pat dry with a paper towel. Wrap each asparagus spear with a puff pastry strip, cheese side facing in. Place on the sheet pan. Brush with egg wash.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the puff pastry is golden brown.