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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.
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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)
Okay, so I just made myself some Milk Toast - boiled some milk with eggs (soft). Added salt, pepper and butter and buttered two pieces of toast and added to it after the milk was heated. Then, I thought I would do a search for Milk Toast on the internet to see if other people actually ate this or if my Mom was just smoking crack when she made this for us when we were kids... Walla! This site came up and not only did adding sugar and cinnamon to the mix totally make me happy, but I now know my mom ISN'T a crack head! lol
Comment submitted: 11/12/2013 (#17138)
From Just me
When I was a little girl, my mother always made milk toast after baking bread. My children think I am crazy, but man I love that stuff.
Comment submitted: 10/21/2013 (#16931)
To this day if I am ill, I will make this for breakfast. I have even taught my wife to make it.
Comment submitted: 10/3/2013 (#16695)
From lp-ohio (Team Breakfast Member)
I grew up eating this with homemade bread and raw milk. It's the best!
Comment submitted: 9/12/2013 (#16470)
I also grew up eating this... on days when we had no cereal in the house, we called it 'bread cereal'. I liked it a lot.
Comment submitted: 8/6/2013 (#16254)
From Ursula (Team Breakfast Member)
My mom used to make this for me when I was sick. She said it was gentle on the stomach. I don't know if that's scientifically true, but I definitely remember liking it. Great childhood memory, even though I only ate it when I was ill.
Comment submitted: 7/30/2013 (#16216)
From B. Horton
Grew up on this in the 70's. Still better than any cereal I've ever had.
Comment submitted: 7/8/2013 (#16130)
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