I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4


Monday, September 27, 2010

What's for lunch? - Hot Cheese Toast

I expect my children to ask me this question on school days by around 11 AM.  Lunch isn't just the time when we eat, it's also when we take a one hour break.  I'm not certain of whether they are hungry or just in need of a break when they ask me that question, but I do know that if I don't have something prepared already, I'd better be thinking about what is for lunch and getting it ready. 

This morning, Emily was the first to ask.  I know she was hungry because she was sick last week and didn't eat much, now she is trying to get caught up. 

Tasha Tudor Cookbook
 I was in the middle of looking at one of my favorite cookbooks this time of year when she asked.  The very first recipe in the book is called Nancy's Cheese Rounds. I decided that an appetizer like this one with fruit would do just fine for our lunches today. 

My interest in Tasha Tudor began about 12 years ago, when I first started homeschooling my oldest daughter.  I loved reading Tasha Tudor's children's books to her, and we both enjoyed Tasha's beautiful illustrations.  My youngest is now the same age as Gabi was then, so I am going through those beautiful books with her too.  Tasha Tudor created a fascinating world around herself, a simpler and very appealing world to me.

When I first bought Tasha's cookbook, I went to her website and discovered that she had written a page commenting on her cookbook and said that the publishers had changed her recipes before printing and halved all the garlic in them, saying that the public wouldn't like having so much garlic.  Ever since then, I have doubled the garlic in all the recipes.  So, my version of her Hot Cheese Rounds has double the garlic, plus mine aren't round, they are just regular bread shapes.  No need to be that fancy when I'm not making these for appetizers.

Hot Cheese Toast
Adapted from The Tasha Tudor Cookbook

6 slices of sandwich bread - I followed her advice and used Pepperidge Farms, but not white bread.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg, well beaten
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper

Heat the broiler.

Place two pats of butter on each side of your bread slices, then fry them in a hot skillet until brown.  Cool

In a bowl, cream together the cream cheese and the egg yolk, then add the grated cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the cheese mixture on the bread, taking care to spread it carefully to the edges so the toast does not burn.  Put the toasts on a baking sheet and place it under the heated broiler until the cheese is puffed and browned.  Keep a sharp eye on it while broiling.

I think Tasha Tudor would have been proud of my dish, served with home grown figs.  If you happen to have a fig tree, you must have one with this dish...  If you don't have one, she would tell you to put one in your yard right away and enjoy!

You can see more great recipes by clicking on the sites I'm linking with:
Meatless Monday
Mouthwatering Monday
Hearth and Soul
Tempt My Tummy
Delicious Dishes


  1. I love Tasha Tudor's books and her illustration, but I did not know she had written a cookbook! I'll have to try and get a copy. Thank you also for sharing a lovely recipe - perfect for a warming autumn lunch!

  2. Dear Mary, this kind of toast is yummy for all kids! But I also want to write you a comment for your last post, I am very fond about what you did together with your girls, you give them a good foundation, it is much better than only to look TV!

  3. yummy! my mom loves tasha tudor and orders her tea. it's delightful!

  4. Thanks for your comments. I just got back from visiting your blogs and enjoying each one of them! :)

    Anja - I so appreciate your encouragement!

    Candi - Tasha Tudor tea? Oh, that must be good... I'm so tempted to google that!

    April - The Tasha Tudor Cookbook is an heirloom. It's perfect for autumn and winter cooking.

  5. Looks delicious, something great to serve with homemade soup. Thanks.

  6. Oh this looks wonderful! In fact it looks so wonderful I'm having this tonight with a bowl of tomato soup. Thanks for sharing!

  7. These look great and would be delish with some homemade soup. Keeping this one for when GA temps fall below 90....

  8. Hi Mary and welcome to the hearth and soul hop! So glad you could join us! I am now following your blog and look forward to getting to know you as the hops move forward! I am giggling at this recipe because as a child of an English mum, she had no idea that grilled cheese was made in a pan between two slices of bread. This recipe so reminds me of being a tiny girl and biting into that warm cheesy goodness! Alex@amoderatelife

  9. Cheese toast was one of the staples of my college years, when I lived in england. To my american sensibility, it made so much more sense than tinned beans on toast :) How silly of the publishers to half the garlic! Thank you for linking up with the Hearth and Soul hop. Your blog is delightful!

  10. Just the name hot cheese toast makes me happy! So glad you linked this up to the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  11. Mary,
    when I homeschooled we did a book study of childrens authors and Tasha Tudor was one - I wish I had known she had a cookbook! We loved her books. I love cheese toast and this sounds fabulous!! Thanks for sharing with us at the hearth and soul hop!

  12. Jenny, I agree completely. We finally have temps in the 80s down here in FL, but it will be November before we can really enjoy these with a hot bowl of soup, and I can't wait! :)

    Breanda, I hope you enjoyed it!

    Alex, Oh, the lovely things your English mum must have made for you! I took my oldest on a trip to England and Stotland for her high school graduation. We had a lovely two weeks over there, and the food was wonderful!

    GirliChef, I love your multi-ethnic blog. I'll be trying that sweet potato snack you have there and posting about it - yumm!

    Butter, to have gone to college in England... what a treat!

    Christy, what a great idea you have given me, a book study of children's authors - starting with Tasha Tudor, wonderful & thanks!


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