This cinnamon sugar milk bread toast uses homemade Japanese milk bread for a sweet anytime treat!
Bread is good. Toast is better.
Toast is major in LA. You are sure to find a hip version of it at all the cool coffee shops and cafes.
When I lived in Silver Lake, I couldn’t get enough of the brioche toast with jam from Sqirl. It’s killer. As soon as I moved to Pasadena, I found Lavender & Honey and their delicious toasts (and excellent espresso!).
I can go on and on about all my favorites toasts in LA, but the one I prefer over all the rest, is my homemade cinnamon sugar milk bread toast.
Don’t be fooled by the scoop of ice cream on top. This toast is totally acceptable for breakfast…duh, because it’s TOAST, after all.
But on those special mornings (mother’s day, birthdays, weekends) or those tough mornings (Mondays, sick days, days after coming back from vacation), this toast is best served with that scoop of ice cream (maybe two scoops, if necessary).
Cinnamon Sugar Toast
While you can use any soft bread to make this toast, the Japanese milk bread works best. By slicing the milk bread into thick pieces, when toasted, the insides of the bread remains soft and fluffy.
In some ways, this milk bread toast reminds of me a creme brûlée because of that nice caramelized, crunchy crust that covers a soft, silky interior.
Sugar Toast Bread Options:
As mentioned before, any soft bread will work for this recipe. It even works using pandesal. It’s delicious using ube milk bread or this blueberry banana yeast bread.
For store-bought bread options, I highly recommend Trader Joe’s sliced brioche loaf. Sliced brioche, breads labeled as “Texas toast,” or any enriched bread with soft interior are great alternatives.
Use oven broiler to toast bread:
The broiler is a magical oven setting that in my opinion, doesn’t get enough attention. In less than 2 minutes, you can be enjoying this tasty sweet treat.
Word of warning. Oven broilers get SUPER hot. Your bread can quickly go from golden toast to burnt to fire hazard in a matter of seconds.
Keep a close eye on the oven while toasting. If you start to smell something burning… it’s too late and you need to start ofter. It’s difficult to salvage burnt cinnamon sugar toast.
If you’re one of those people that like the brownie corners, you can score the bread before buttering and sugaring. You’ll end up with scrumptious little crunchy bits like sweet croutons.
Scoring the bread also allows you to eat slowly and enjoy the toast…one little square at a time.
Cinnamon Sugar Milk Bread Toast (Cinnamon Sugar Toast)
- 1 thick slice of Japanese Milk Bread, or store-bought sliced brioche or any rich milk bread
- ½ Tbsp salted butter, softened
- 2 tsp cinnamon sugar
- drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, optional*
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- Set oven to broiler setting. Place thick slice of milk bread on baking sheet. Spread salted butter over one side of bread. Sprinkle 2tsp cinnamon sugar over buttered bread. Place until broiler for 50-70 seconds until the sugar has started to caramelize.
- Pulse granulated sugar and cinnamon together until sugar is fine. Alternately, simply whisk together sugar and cinnamon.
Reader Questions and Reviews
Hubbba hubba, you’ve got me craving Guppy’s and Teabo teabo really bad now!!! 0_0 Good job Maryanne, it looks just like the ones you’d find at the nice cafes. Except you can doctor this one up in whatever way your heart desires. And I haven’t tried Sqirl–gotta check it out soon!
Tebo-tebo? I’ve never had that! Must go to Garden Grove/Westminster at once! YES, Sqirl is one of my absolute favorites. Let me know when you’re in the area and I’ll meet you there! :)
I definitely don’t plan on being fooled by that ice cream on top. In fact, I am captivated by it and want it on all my toast from now on.
A scoop of ice cream everyday would be so lovely :)
oh yeah . . toast is better!!! I love your Japanese milk bread. . when I was in Dallas (of all places) and visited a Korean cafe. . they had a stacked dessert like this with like 4 thick slices of toast with tons of brown sugar, butter and maple syrup. it was heaven. love this, Maryanne!!
That sounds AMAZING! I want, I want! Thanks so much Alice :)
This looks like my favorite childhood breakfast but WAYYY better!
Awww, thanks Amy!! :)
Oh my oh my oh my. Grilled sweet crispy bread with melting sweet ice cream on top. This sounds wicked. Wickedly awesome. I’m getting my stretchy pants out in preparation :)
Lol, I like the way to you think! I need to make sure my stretchy pants are easily accessible whenever I make anything involving ice cream :)