Snowflake Toast.

Snowflake Toast – Take 1 quart of milk, one-half cup cream and a little salt. Mix a tablespoonful of flour with a little of the milk, and add when the milk is boiling hot. Let it cook until the flour has no raw taste. Have ready the whites of 2 eggs thoroughly beaten, and after the milk and cream are well cooked, stir in the whites of the eggs lightly and allow it to remain over the fire long enough for the whites to coagulate – about half a minute is long enough. This quantity is sufficient for about 12 slices of bread well toasted. Dip the sliced in hot milk, take out quickly and pack together for about 3 minutes, then pour this snowflake mixture over them.

Oh, boiled milk, :shudder: I think I’ll pass on this, but the name is rather grand, is it not? From this 1897 book, the snowflake toast is on page 330.


  1. chigau (違う) says

    Then what?

    That is a wonderful book.
    We have the flour sifter on page 299.

  2. says

    No. You pour the horrible snowflake stuff over them, then eat. It’s a variation on basic milk toast, which is in every old recipe book ever. The milk toast recipe from my Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis’s Cookbook (1908). I can’t find my earlier Mrs. Owen’s right now:

    6 slices stale bread,
    2 cupfuls milk,
    2 teaspoonfuls cornstarch,
    2 tablespoonfuls butter.

    Dry the bread thoroughly in the oven, then toast over a clear fire to a golden brown. Heat the milk in the double boiler, add the butter, and when scalding hot, the cornstarch moistened in cold milk. It ought to be like a milk sauce. Lay the toast on a hot platter and baste each slice with the sauce. Serve very hot.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    I agree that dipping the toasts in milk is bad.

    Now, the snowflake toast could be much better (also richer) if Béchamel sauce would be used instead of the thickened milk with egg whites and the eggs would be hard-boiled, mashed and added to the sauce. I’d then spice the toasts with allspice (Jamaican pimenta).

    Additionally, the recipe could become lutefisk toast simply by adding some cooked and deboned lutefisk. 8-)

  4. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Milk toast? Old fashioned comfort food on elementary school sick days in my youth. Right up there with mac and cheese.

  5. dakotagreasemonkey says

    Laughed as soon as I saw this posts’ title!
    donnie’s toast! The snowflake’s meltdown over No Time cover.
    Whew, still chuckling over that mental image.
    That ancient comfort food was routinely served to infirm patients in mental institutions.
    Just makes me laugh, again!
    Please, don’t let any blond hair be in the milk.

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