Milk Toast

Milk Toast

(2 servings)    Printable Version
  • 4 slices of toast
  • 4 pats of butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
Heat milk on low.

Butter toast as you usually would and sprinkle each piece with cinnamon and sugar. Tear the toast into bite-sized pieces and place in two cereal bowls.

Pour warm milk over toast pieces.


Milk Toast With Bite-Size Pieces


Vintage Milk Toast Recipe


Here's an alternative version of Milk Toast where the toast is left whole and a little flour is added to the milk:

Vintage Milk Toast Recipe

- slices toasted bread
- 1 quart boiling milk
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup cold milk
- 1 teaspoon salt

Add butter to boiling milk; mix flour with cold milk and stir into hot milk with salt. Pour over toast and serve hot. Some like milk toast sprinkled with sugar, others prefer salt and pepper; or a little grated nutmeg may be sprinkled over the top.


In the early 1900s, Milk Toast was popular fare for children and the ailing. It is still popular today among poor families and singles.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.

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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 59 votes.


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From justoldjim
Rating (out of 5):  

I have eaten milk toast for 70+ years. I bring milk sweetened to taste almost to a boil and then add a little vanilla and toasted bread. Yum!

Comment submitted: 4/28/2015 (#19386)



From Mom Method
Rating (out of 5):  

My mother used to make the thickened milk variety and added dried beef to it (no sugar). We all liked it!

Comment submitted: 4/16/2015 (#19367)



From I Luv Breakfast

Sounds so warm and comforting! I want to go make some right now. :)

Comment submitted: 3/24/2015 (#19333)



From Pete-2

I like milk toast, but I don't make it sweet. The bread slices of toast are already sweet enough. I like the hot salty, buttery milk... Don't forget the grindings of pepper! Simple.

Comment submitted: 3/16/2015 (#19325)



From Grammie Mae
Rating (out of 5):  

I love milk toast, although I can't imagine needing a 'recipe' for it, lol! I was born in the early '50s and it's what we ate if we had an upset stomach. Heat milk and pour over two or three slices of toast, add butter, salt & pepper. Never measured anything. That's it! But definitely never added cinnamon or sugar. I'm now single, live alone, and I still make it every so often, sometimes for lunch, sometimes for dinner - great anytime and an inexpensive meal. And yes, it IS comfort food. Ahh, nostalgia and better times back then!

Comment submitted: 1/19/2015 (#19219)



From Lil brat
Rating (out of 5):  

Ok, none of these recipe are what my mom made. She was from Maine and her milk toast was made with milk and I think cream of tater and pepper and then poured over toast... I really wish I could remember that recipe!

Comment submitted: 11/21/2014 (#19119)



From kitrik23

How can that taste good? Here is my family's recipe which is sure to please. The measurements aren't exact: 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla... add corn starch to thicken. Put that on toast and your loving it. Trust me.

Comment submitted: 11/2/2014 (#19093)



From missmouse
Rating (out of 5):  

When we were sick, this was breakfast. No cinnamon and sugar though, just buttered toast with warm milk over it.

Comment submitted: 10/31/2014 (#19090)



From Linda
Rating (out of 5):  

My Mom also used to make us plain milk toast (no cinnamon on it) when we were feeling under the weather but she would top it with a soft boiled egg or two.

Comment submitted: 10/23/2014 (#19072)



From Single

I had to laugh at the comment at the end of the recipe that this food is still comfort food today among poor families and singles. I know no singles who eat milk toast. LOL!

Comment submitted: 10/21/2014 (#19069)



From S. Stacey
Rating (out of 5):  

Comfort food at its best. My version: Heat milk with a broken egg yoke, add salt and pepper with a pad or two of butter. Bring almost to a boil. Break up two slices of toast in a bowl and pore over the milk. Loved it as a kid, love it as a adult, love it till the day I die.

Comment submitted: 10/17/2014 (#19056)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom cyndilou (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

I grew up eating toast with butter, sugar and cinnamon... and then we'd put the warm milk on the toast. Better then most cereals. I still eat it and now I've got my grand kids eating it.

Comment submitted: 9/28/2014 (#19016)



From D.P.

I'm 81 now. I can remember mom making this for my dad when he didn't feel well. Just hot milk over toast with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of sugar. No flour ever added. Don't remember eating it myself, don't know why. But I'm gonna go make some right now and give it a try.

Comment submitted: 9/5/2014 (#18982)



From deedee
Rating (out of 5):  

Just this morning at breakfast, I was telling my husband about the milk toast that my grandmother used to fix for breakfast years ago (late 1950s). I haven't seen or heard of it in years, so I searched and found this link. I'll have to try the recipe out on my husband!

Comment submitted: 9/1/2014 (#18973)



From wizzette
Rating (out of 5):  

My grandmother made Milk Toast for me whenever I didn't feel good. Which could be often because I loved it. And, still do! Thank you for sharing!

Comment submitted: 8/27/2014 (#18964)



From Carlotta
Rating (out of 5):  

Mu mom used to make this with canned milk. She would mix with an equal amount of water and heat it in a pan with butter and salt and pepper. We would then dip the toast slices in it and place the toast on a plate to eat.

Comment submitted: 8/9/2014 (#18953)



From Mazzy2
Rating (out of 5):  

I just tried it and it was good.

Comment submitted: 6/25/2014 (#18910)



From alfie
Rating (out of 5):  

I am amazed how many of us there are! I too grew up on milk toast. I just found a recipe in a Basque cookbook and decided to make some... fantastic! I grew up in a Norwegian family and we got jam on ours. I'm 66 and I feel like a kid again.

Comment submitted: 5/31/2014 (#18886)



From Best Memories
Rating (out of 5):  

My grandfather had his own version of this which he'd sometimes have at the end of his lunch. He would butter a piece of bread, tear it into pieces into a glass of cold milk then add sugar. As a child in the 50's, I liked to have lunch there, knowing I'd get this treat too! I can still see the Flintstones jelly glass I'd have mine in.

Comment submitted: 5/21/2014 (#18877)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom susanbee (Team Breakfast Member)

Oh my gosh... this was my favorite breakfast. Mom toasted bread, spread it with butter, sprinkled LOTS OF SUGAR AND CINNAMON and more butter on top. It was then put it under the broiler and then served in a bowl with warm milk poured over it. Try as I may, when I make milk toast, it has never tasted as good as my mom's. We didn't even have a toaster and she would toast the bread under the broiler. Ahhh, those were the days! Thanks Mom!

Comment submitted: 2/10/2014 (#17310)



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