Water Toast

water toast with butter
Water toast.Todd Coleman

"Food is the only source of human power to work or to think," writes Fannie Farmer in her 1904 book Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent. For a patient suffering from "dilated stomach," she suggests a simple meal of water toast—more or less exactly what it sounds like. This recipe appears here as it reads in Farmer's cookbook.

Water Toast
"Food is the only source of human power to work or to think," writes Fannie Farmer in her 1904 book _Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent_. For a patient suffering from "dilated stomach," she suggests a simple meal of water toast—more or less exactly what it sounds like.
Yield: makes 1 Serving

Ingredients

  • 2 slices dry toast
  • 34 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 12 tbsp. butter

Instructions

  1. Drop toast, each piece separately, in boiling salted water, remove to hot dish, spread with butter, and serve at once.