Milk toast is one of those “vintage” recipes that most people don’t even know about, let alone make and eat. I’ve always been intrigued by this breakfast and wanted to give it a try with my kids. As I started looking for recipes to inspire my own, I discovered that most people who know about milk toast are from older generations. They often talk fondly of it, reminiscing about their mothers and grandmothers making it for them when they were children. I also discovered many small variations in recipes for milk toast, including both sweet and savory versions, but at its core it’s a very straightforward and simple recipe, easy for even the most amateur chef to whip up.
So, the kids and I finally made milk toast! None of us knew what to expect, and I think we all had our doubts, despite people saying they once loved it as children. But I can in all honesty say that it was DELICIOUS. A hit with the kids! It’s sort of like eating bread pudding for breakfast, but it’s healthier and a lot easier and faster to prepare than bread pudding. My oldest daughter asked if she could have milk toast “every morning” for breakfast. I responded with a big, fat YES. We eat toast for breakfast every day anyway. We might as well be dousing that toast in milk. After all, milk offers protein (8 grams in each 8-ounce serving), calcium, plus 7 other nutrients, making milk toast more nutritious than just plain, old, boring toast!
Plus, this recipe really is easy and uses ingredients that I always have on hand, making it perfect for a busy family like ours that is almost always rushed in the morning. I love that I can make nutritious comfort food for the kids even when life is hectic!
Here is our family’s version of milk toast. I’m telling you, this is good stuff.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
- 4 slices of bread (any kind you like — we used some really yummy homemade white bread, and it was heavenly)
- 1 cup milk (divided into 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- a pinch of salt
- butter for toast
- honey or cinnamon sugar for toast
1. Whisk together 1/4 cup COLD milk with flour, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
2. Mix 3/4 cup milk, butter, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring regularly to prevent scorching. Cook until milk is almost simmering and is steaming a lot. Add cold milk mixture, whisk well, let cook for about 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
3. Toast bread, then butter the toast. Top with either cinnamon sugar or honey, then cut into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Pour milk over the toast, stir, and let sit for about 30 seconds, then dig in! Use 1/4 cup of milk for each slice of toast.
Nutritional information per serving (calculated via ESHA Food Processor):
Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Protein: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sodium: 180 mg
Calcium: 10% DV