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Grandma Zona's Cinnamon Toast

In our home at 2125 Lake Street, in San Francisco, when Butchie and Sis (my brother and I) wanted this treat, he would bring me one of mom's metal pots and a spoon and we would parade around the house, each banging a pot singing "WE WANT CINNAMON TOAST, WE WANT CINNAMON TOAST!" until mom started laughing and stopped what she was doing to make us some toast. He was eight years older than I was, and could get me into any kind of mischief!

Makes 4 pieces of cinnamon toast


  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 8 Tbs brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1/4 Tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 4 pieces of nice white bread (Sara Lee is good)


  1. To increase the amount, use the same ratio of 2 sugar to 1 butter. You can make ahead a few days.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Add cinnamon. Cook a little until it becomes a "spread". (Remember, hot sugar is scalding to work with!)
  3. Spread melted butter mix on white bread.
  4. Place breads on sil pat on a cookie sheet and put under the broiler.
  5. Broil approximately 2 minutes. You want it to bubble and be crispy when you are finished. "Crispy" is not too soft and runny nor too hard like a hard candy.
  6. You can cut bread into strips or triangles after cooking, or cut bread with cookie cutters before broiling. Very nice with milk or a cup of hot tea.

St. Patricks Day 2011
Love Mom