My grandmother used to make this for me when I had an upset stomach, except that she didn't use the sugar or honey. I loved it! When my 3-year-old was sick over the winter, I made it for her and explained that her "great mom-mom" used to make it for me, but she still refused to try it. (That was OK with me, though...I got to eat it instead.) :o)
I haven't tried this yet, but my best friend's mom used to make it for her, and my friend loved it and what's really funny about it that it had another name, they used to call it "teddy bear" snack, and that's how i first heard her asking her mom to make it: " mom could you pls. make me a teddy bear?"
This is such a warm, comforting snack when it's cold outside. I couldn't tell you why it works but it just makes you feel better. Topped mine with a little mix of cinnamon and sugar.
OMGosh! My aunt use to give us this when she babysat us. One of the kids she watched asked for it every morning. My siblings and I had never had it before, so we tried it and loved it. The only difference was we didn't heat the milk. Thanks for the memory.
Oh you must add a bit of salk, very important. It's an "I don't feel good, Grandma" thing. My Grandmother, Norwegian and raised RICH, rarely cooked, but this was one thing she had in her repertoire to soothe the tummies and aching heads of her 8 grandchildren. YUM! I'm 55, and I recall the scorn of my schoolmates when I said I loved milk toast. Oddly, I never knew how to make it exactly. THANKS!
My Grammy used to make this for us at night before she went to bed. It is the ultimate in comfort food. I don't know if it is an "Italian thing", but I think it was more of a "depression thing" for my Grammy. She told me that when she was a child, dinner was usually a meager offering, so her mom used to feed this to the 6 kids before they went to bed, so that no one would go to bed hungry. Thanks for the Post!