Michelle and Her Mom, Ida: Apple Sauce Toas-Tites

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:


  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture
  • 2  to 3 tablespoons of apple sauce (if we don’t have any homemade, we like Santa Cruz Organics)

Apple Sauce Toas-Tite Ingredients


  1. Oil the inside of the Toas-Tite pie iron (we like safflower since it’s flavorless and can handle very high heats).
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  3. 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).

Apple Sauce Toas-Tite

  1. 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.

Apple Sauce Toas-Tite

  1. Place the other slice of bread on top, close the grill and trim the edges of bread.
  2. Toast over low heat for 4 to 6 minutes on either side or until the bread is nice and golden toasty.
  3. Remove from the iron, let cool, sprinkle any extra cinnamon sugar on top, and enjoy!

Apple Sauce Toas-Tite

Apple Sauce Toas-Tite

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Categories: Sweet Toas-Tites


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4 Comments on “Michelle and Her Mom, Ida: Apple Sauce Toas-Tites”

  1. Rosemary Czarnecki
    January 23, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I left an applesauce toas-tite recipe here a few years ago. My twin, Emma, and I made them when we were in highschool, in the early ’50’s. We also used lunch meat, and also sliced up apples – apple pie! Our toat-tite had the black handles. I don’t remember if the serial # was on it or not. We are now 76, and have wonderful memories of those days.

    • Boy
      January 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Hey Rosemary. Girl and I were just wondering how you and your sister were doing and it’s so nice to hear from you. If I remember correctly you also recommended another recipe of yours that we’re planning on trying next week! We don’t want to give away the surprise here, but we’d love to mention you and your sister in our next post. Thank you for your continued comments and support, we always love hearing from you.

  2. Betty G.
    May 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    YUM – YUM! I’ve made the applesauce one many times when I was in high school. Our first one was used until it’s demise. My aunt found a gently used one at a garage sale recently & I am delighted to make this again at age 60. I’m tempted to try your other recipes, as well. Thanks.

    • Girl
      May 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks for writing, Betty! That’s great you found one at a garage sale. We have yet to find a bonafide Toas-Tite in the “wild” (i.e. garage sale or antique shop). Enjoy your “new” one! 🙂

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