Thursday, 21 February 2013

Milk Toast

Crisp,Juicy Milk Toasts

Milk toasts are wonderful for breakfast as well as dessert. Brown bread or multi grain bread with milk and dry fruits make it a wholesome breakfast especially for children who do not want to take milk. It is also famous by the name of Shahi toast which is not fried, so is healthier than the Shahi toast which is deep fried and then soaked in flavored sugar syrup. Crisp from outside but juicy from inner core they are delightful delicacy
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Preparation Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 30 min
Servings: 16 Milk Toasts

Ingredients Required for Making Milk Toasts:
  • 8 slices of brown / white/ multi grain bread
  • 250 ml. Milk (Full cream or Toned milk )
  • 5 Tea spoon of Sugar 
Milk and Sugar for Milk Toast
  • 2 Tea spoons Honey
  • 1/4Tea spoon Green Cardamom Powder
  • 10-15 cashew nuts
  • 10-15 Almonds
  • 3-4 Almonds
  • 10-15 Pistachios
  • 1 Teaspoon Ghee (Clarified butter) / Olive oil / Butter
Directions For Making Milk Toast:
  • In a bowl take
    • Milk
    • Sugar
    • Honey
    • Cardamom powder
  • Mix till sugar dissolves and a homogenous solution is formed.
  • Cut the nuts and keep them aside.
  • Heat a thick bottom non-stick Tawa / pan.
  • Spread 1/4Tea spoon olive oil/ Butter / Ghee on the hot tawa.
Ghee spread on hot Tawa
  • Place the bread pieces on the hot tawa and lower the flame.
Bread slices kept on hot Tawa with ghee and being toasted
  • Let the bread pieces become light brown and crisp from one side.
Bread slices crisped on one side
  • Flip and cook the other side also to crispness.
Bread sliced toasted to crispness on both sides
  • Spread the milk mixture 4-5 tea spoons on one side. The slices of bread will become soggy initially during cooking. Allow them to cook on low flame till they become brown on the side touching the tawa/pan (Approximately 3-4 min). I like caramelized taste so I allow them to cook longer.
Milk being poured on the crisped toasts
Crisped Toasts soaked in milk being allowed to cook on low flame
Toasts with m,ilk cooked on one side and being cooked on the second side
  • Flip the toasts carefully and spread 3-4 teaspoon milk mixture on the other side also and allow the toast to cook to brown color on the other side also.
Milk Toasts cooked on both sides and one toast caramelized

  • Take out hot crisp juicy milk toasts on a plate and top them up with nuts.
Milk Toasts
  • Enjoy with a hot cup of tea / coffee / milk for break fast or after meal as desert.
Tips:
  • Due to sugar the toasts tend to caramelize. If you do not like the darker color then remove them before they start caramelizing. I personally like caramelized toasts.
  • After spreading milk  mixture the bread slices will become soggy. Do not flip till the toasts are of brown color on the side they are touching the tawa. 
  • Toasts should be cooked always on low flame.
  • Do not cut the brown edges of slices before making the toasts.
  • The bread slices should not be very thin else the toasts will break.
  • While flipping after adding milk on one side care should be taken so that the toast do not break.
Suggested Variations:
  • White sugar can be replaced with brown sugar as it is healthier and provides nutrition along with less calories.
  • Jaggery can replace sugar this will add iron to your toast.
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder can be taken instead of cardamom powder.
  • The old bread from in the fridge can be cooked to crispness with little butter and stored. These crisp toasts can be used to make milk toasts as and when required, this saves time and old bread is used instead of discarding.

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