Francis Ray Hot Buttery Sweet Milk Toast

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“I really didn't think I would like 'Milk Toast' at all. I am one of those very picky eaters. But this recipe is really well thought out considering the simple ingredients that are necessary for its completion. Hope you will first try it before you judge it, it really does work well. I only have this maybe twice per year but each time, it's really very good -- read through first.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 slices white bread
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • table salt (per taste, but required)
  • 3 teaspoons butter, available
  • 1 34 cups of fresh cold milk


  1. Please read all the way through first:
  2. The first step is to have a serving bowl that will contain the majority of the 1 3/4th cup of milk and only be approximately 3/4th full or close to that quantity (because there needs to be room later to also hold the toasted bread)/ Consequently, I usually pour enough milk into my serving bowl to fill it 3/4th full and use that amount of milk to boil.
  3. Then pour that amount of milk into a small pan and place on stove and turn heat to high at first and adjust as you go but we need milk to boil.
  4. Add 1 TSP of butter into the stove pan of milk immediately.
  5. Add 1/4 TSP of salt to the stove pan of milk and stir.
  6. Add 2 TBSP of sugar, stir until dissolved.
  7. Have the last TBSP available for preference at end.
  8. You should understand that the milk will scorch if you don't stir when it gets close to boiling.
  9. Toast the three slices of white bread to the darker setting without burning.
  10. If toast becomes burnt, replace and try again/ It's very important to get this part exactly right, the toast must be darker than regular breakfast toast but never burnt-- but very close/ It must still look and taste good at this finished point/ If you hate darker toast then don't toast it this dark but as far as you can take it, is best.
  11. Add another 1 TSP of butter to your not yet boiling milk while continuing to stir slowly/ (you can add another one if you like, or even a part of it, I do).
  12. Butter the toasted bread lightly but into all area's of the darkened but not burnt toast/ If you like pepper, add just a small touch on each slice or leave off.
  13. Lightly salt the buttered toast on the buttered side into all area's of the toast & this is necessary.
  14. Bring milk to a boil where it will rise in the pan and require your blowing it down/ This is normal and will happen at a flash point, be ready to take milk off of heat/ Then pour into your serving bowl where you will still have about 1/4th of it still free or unfilled/ Taste to test if more sugar is needed.
  15. Pull apart your toast by hand and drop 'gently' into the top of your served hot milk without forcing it down to much.
  16. What your striving for is an even mixture of milk and toast/ You don't want to much toast that it dries up the hot milk and you do want a bit more milk than toast.
  17. Lastly, you must again lightly salt your bowl of hot milk and toast.
  18. It takes less than a 40 seconds to cool down but do eat while hot/ You should be tasting a hot buttery sweet milk of nicely salted bread that draws you back each time/ Adjust salt, sugar and butter to taste.
  19. Again, the boiling milk will froth and rise quickly, be ready and have a hot pan holder ready to pick up pan and blow down the rising froth, it means, it's ready.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a