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.

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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 66 votes.

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From Lady91

Grew up in the 30's and often had milk toast for supper. My brother and I really liked it.

Comment submitted: 1/25/2018 (#20512)

From Beth12
Rating (out of 5):  

My mom used to make the toast in the oven (very dry and thirsty for the milk) and would use vanilla or lemon somehow to flavor the sweetened milk. I wish I knew what she used for the lemon. I don't remember butter, but maybe.

Comment submitted: 11/15/2017 (#20444)

From Nicole
Rating (out of 5):  

I love this stuff! Best with homemade bread. We never put sugar or cinnamon on it, I bet that's delicious. My father made it for us at least once a week.

Comment submitted: 5/25/2017 (#20306)

From How-I-Do

OK, so no sugar! Just heat milk, careful not to boil. Add a pinch of salt. Toast bread slowly, to make like a crouton. Pour up hot milk, add a small amount of butter with black pepper. Break up one piece of crispy toast on top. And yes, it was usually for when we were sick. Very comforting!

Comment submitted: 1/7/2017 (#20169)

From Jules
Rating (out of 5):  

We ate this as kids as part of our normal breakfast, not because we were sick. Buttered and sugared toast, with warm milk poured over. We called it "Captain Kangaroo Toast".

Comment submitted: 11/14/2016 (#20117)

From shorty
Rating (out of 5):  

I ate it when I was sick as a child. At home now I like to use Italian or French bread for the toast - butter it and warm the milk add salt & pepper then pour the milk over the toast. Using a crusty bread is the best.

Comment submitted: 6/30/2016 (#19981)

From KAT

My mother used to feed this to us when we were sick. Only it was just a piece of toast with some warm milk poured over it. (She loved it; I hated it). When we were really ill we got a piece of toast with water poured over it - worst thing I ever had to eat. These versions are so much better.

Comment submitted: 5/30/2016 (#19957)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom Iflesner (Team Breakfast Member)

I have been fighting a tummy bug for several days now. My dad is 85 and just told me over the phone to make milk toast. He said to warm the milk on the stove, add nutmeg and pour it over two slices of toast sprinkled with sugar. His mom fixed it when he was growing up and my mom used to fix it for him when he didn't feel well. Anyone ever try it with nutmeg?

Comment submitted: 5/8/2016 (#19916)

From Emma
Rating (out of 5):  

I remember my great grandmother making milk toast all the time, but I'm pretty sure she made it with buttered toast and a little warm milk over it. No sugar or cinnamon. I still make to this day and I'm in my 30's.

Comment submitted: 2/5/2016 (#19783)

From dave64
Rating (out of 5):  

Toast and warm milk... that's all you need.

Comment submitted: 1/29/2016 (#19774)

From ReviewerLee

My mother's milk toast was simple... just warm milk with butter which we ladled over the toast then added a little salt and pepper. Yes, we had this mainly when we were feeling a little under the weather. Brings back delicious, warm memories.

Comment submitted: 12/28/2015 (#19719)

From Bfastfan64

Gross poverty food. Stop acting like it's delicious.

Comment submitted: 10/25/2015 (#19604)

From Robinanne
Rating (out of 5):  

I am 59 and have eaten milk toast since I was a kid. My mom buttered toast, cut it into pieces and poured warm milk with a little more butter over it. I never thought to add sugar because I love the buttery taste.

Comment submitted: 9/20/2015 (#19552)

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)

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