On the theme of catching up with emails and recipes from readers, here’s a lovely one we received from Michelle.
After seeing the article about the newly re-minted Toas-Tite I got very nostalgic as my mother had at least one and gave one to me when I got married, 44 years ago. I still have it, too, with red wooden handles (very practical on a gas stove, no?)
Don’t know if you have a recipe for this yet, but one of my favorite treats was applesauce as the filling. Today I would use cinnamon applesauce. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar after toasting.
She would stuff the thing with American cheese of course. Heart attack on a plate.
Another possibly slightly odd: she would use sliced cooked hot dogs as the filling, having spread the bread with mustard first.
But the applesauce was the best!
So a big thanks to Michelle and her mom, Ida, for this delicious Sunday morning treat! Here’s what we made with their inspiration:
- Cinnamon sugar mixture
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple sauce (if we don’t have any homemade, we like Santa Cruz Organics)
- Oil the inside of the Toas-Tite pie iron (we like safflower since it’s flavorless and can handle very high heats).
- Butter one side of each slice of bread.
- Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of the butter and place the bread into the iron with the butter/sugar-side touching the grill (you can also reserve the cinnamon sugar for after toasting if you prefer).
- Dollop two or three tablespoons of apple sauce onto your bread. If you’re feeling spicy, sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top of the sauce.
- Place the other slice of bread on top, close the grill and trim the edges of bread.
- Toast over low heat for 4 to 6 minutes on either side or until the bread is nice and golden toasty.
- Remove from the iron, let cool, sprinkle any extra cinnamon sugar on top, and enjoy!