(2 servings) Printable Version
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.
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.
Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Milk Toast?
Overall Average Rating =(out of 5)
Based on 56 votes.
View all 81 comments for this recipe.
From Lil brat
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
From cyndilou (Team Breakfast Member)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
I just tried it and it was good.
Comment submitted: 6/25/2014 (#18910)
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
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)
From 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)
From pinkey (Team Breakfast Member)
I have fond memories of white bread toasted and slathered with cinnamon and butter. I can still see the pools of butter floating. It was the ultimate comfort food back in the 1950's. I am 62 now and still think of it with a delightful craving.
Comment submitted: 2/8/2014 (#17303)
I just want 2 pieces for me. How would I adjust the sugar and butter for that.
Comment submitted: 2/3/2014 (#17295)
I have tried to make it from memories of my mother making it when we were children. We had more milk than we could use from the cow I milked, and fresh home churned butter mixed into the hot milk. Mine is not near as good as I remember it was back then. I an 85 and have to cook now, after all these years. I do miss my darling wife's cooking.
Comment submitted: 1/30/2014 (#17287)
I was introduced to Milk Toast in 1946 at the tender age of 6. It was a usual breakfast staple for us due to finances. As our children came along they too were introduced to it and it has been passed down to our grandchildren as well. Milk Toast has been well liked by all.
Comment submitted: 1/5/2014 (#17237)
From Deedra Judy
I just finished a bowl of milk toast and thought hey, I'll look this up. Which lead me here. I am just shy of 50 years old from central Illinois and have eaten milk toast my whole life. I like to butter my toast and drizzle with honey then pour the hot milk over it... yummy. Have fond memories of my Great Grandmother, who came from Kentucky by the way, preparing this for my brothers and myself. For me it's definitely one of those comfort foods laced with sweet memories!
Comment submitted: 12/30/2013 (#17231)
View all 81 comments for this recipe.
Connect With Mr Breakfast:
Home | About | Contact | Breakfast Recipes | The Cereal Project | Site Index | Food Charities | Blog