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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.
Recipe number 148. Submitted 4/29/2002.
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From F. Bailey Jr.
I used to eat this as a kid and actually really liked it.
Comment submitted: 5/5/2013 (#15823)
From Variation w/ Egg
There is a variation of this made with fried eggs. Toast at least 2 slices bread, add to milk your heating slowly (so it does not burn), fry your egg in non stick spray, then add to your milk and toast, salt and pepper to taste. I leave the yolk soft so it breaks then cooks in the milk. Love this! Ate it as a child.
Comment submitted: 4/10/2013 (#15617)
From dandh (Team Breakfast Member)
I really liked it... it tasted very good :)
Comment submitted: 3/21/2013 (#15436)
Mentioned to my daughter that my Mom made me milk toast as a child. Didn't realize there were recipes. She suggested I do an internet search for it. Haven't had any in years, but think I will try it again. Thanks. - Grandma Flowers
Comment submitted: 2/22/2013 (#15209)
My grandmother from Texas and she made this for my sister and I when we were little, but I remember her guttering untested bread, sprinkling cinnamon sugar & milk over it, then I want to say broiled it. It was yummy. Sadly, she has Alzheimer's now, so no recipe help from her. Adding milk, sugar and nutmeg or cinnamon to cornbread for breakfast was another thing from our Italian grandmother. We learned to do this with polenta from her - now I make extra cornbread (or polenta) just for this purpose - because it is so good! Also good for leftover polenta - let it cool in a loaf pan until solid, then slice thin and fry in butter with or without cinnamon sugar. It is delicious!
Comment submitted: 1/22/2013 (#15093)
From D. Burns
I grew up on milk toast. We would take 2 cups of milk, 2 tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper... bring to boil and then add 6 slice of toast to milk. Chop in with a spoon. Great for when you are sick.
Comment submitted: 12/28/2012 (#15008)
From Rice Paper
56 years young here... I've ever heard of it... was looking up Milquetoast and found this recipe included in the search results... as it was lunchtime, I gave it a whirl. WOW!! What have I been missing?! Now I am sure I have a secret weapon to bribe my grandson with when he doesn't want to eat.
Comment submitted: 12/20/2012 (#14975)
From ptsmom23 (Team Breakfast Member)
I too - like all of you - had milk toast, when I was sick. Milk plus sugar, heated (not boiled), sprinkled with nutmeg, butter is questionable. Have you ever heard of the saying "warm as milk toast?" That's how old this idea is. As far as milk when you're sick, we didn't know a lot of things back then. I for one am happy about that.
Comment submitted: 12/4/2012 (#14934)
I am 55 years old. I had never heard of milk toast until a friend of mine told his mom to fix it. His mom is 67 years old, not much older than myself, but I had never heard of it. I'm from the south. My granny was a great cook, but never had I ate milk toast. I tried it and it was delicious, now I make it for my grandchildren every now and then, and they love it... and it fills them up!
Comment submitted: 8/20/2012 (#14311)
My Aunt made this for me when I was small (toast, butter and boiling milk) and I initially would sprinkle sugar over it. At some point, eggs were added to the milk (I prefer two) and salt/pepper. I'm 69 and still love it in the morning.
Comment submitted: 7/3/2012 (#14100)
Milk toast has been a favorite of mine since I was a small child. At that time, it was usually served when I was ill. I now have it frequently. LOVE IT! especially with a poached egg. Many years ago I was surprised to find a cafe that had it on the menu.
Comment submitted: 4/5/2012 (#13752)
The last time that I had Milk Toast was in the early '50's - it was my Dad's (born 1899) favorite Breakfast, I had no idea it was a bona fide recipe - By the Way, I loved this when I was little - I'll try it again now that I'm older!
Comment submitted: 3/30/2012 (#13731)
My gramma made this as a warming breakfast in the cold Montana winters, back in the 50's and she added a poached egg... I thought she poached it in the hot milk and didn't think she added flour?? but not sure; definitely butter, salt and pepper. Too young at the time to care about the recipe, now it's too late.
Comment submitted: 2/25/2012 (#13574)
Because I am temporarily restricted to a soft food diet I have found this to be a comfort. I get the taste of crunchy buttered toast, but it is safe for my recently operated-on gums! I have always had it with salt and pepper. Yum.
Comment submitted: 1/23/2012 (#13463)
I grew up with this. I remember specifically asking my mother to make it for me some mornings. I liked it as much as breakfast cereal back then. Haven't had it in 30 years. Will make it soon!
Comment submitted: 11/28/2011 (#13248)
From c.s.i. delco
Well, I have a stomach problem at the moment, so can only eat bread and milk. So this recipe is very helpful. Thank you.
Comment submitted: 4/10/2011 (#12448)
This really piqued my interest - my husband had mentioned a similar recipe except instead of toast it was homemade biscuits and instead of milk it was coffee with cream and sugar and poured over the homemade biscuits, and mushed all together.
I was always brought up abstaining from dairy when sick although my mother would make buttered toast ''fingers'' which I would find comforting. Found it curious that dairy was given to a sick person, with all the mucous dairy produces.
It would be interesting to play around with a non-dairy version, perhaps toast, honey and warmed vanilla almond milk.
Comment submitted: 2/21/2011 (#12184)
Mom made this for us when we had a sore throat or fever in the 50's. Had forgotten about it till the nursing home where mom is now asked for old recipes. We had it with lots of butter and cinnamon sugar and just enough milk to make it soft. I had no idea other people made it too! What good memories... when mom could make everything better just by making us something good to eat!
Comment submitted: 1/26/2011 (#12001)
I have thought of the Milk Toast my Mom used to make in the 40's & 50's a number of times. Since no one I have ever asked knew about Milk Toast I thought my Mom made it up. For the first time in at least 50 years I decided to make Milk Toast for breakfast. It tasted as wonderful as I remembered. I decided to go on line to see if anyone else had ever had it. I was surprised to see the recipe and all the comments. Our Milk Toast was hot buttery milk over toast. Never had it sweet. Great blast from the past.
Comment submitted: 1/23/2011 (#11977)
From Nana Brenda
This was something my Mom always made for me when I was sick, and I still want it when I'm sick or have had surgery or something where I can't eat much or don't feel well. I've had several surgeries and my husband knows to make that for me as soon as I feel like eating after I get home. I like mine with lots of toast and not a lot of milk... don't want it swimming in the milk... also lots of pepper, some butter and a little salt. YUM! Lots of folks say YUCK though when I tell them about it! :) Oh, by the way, haven't had it with sugar and cinnamon, might have to try that!
Comment submitted: 1/5/2011 (#11852)
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