Mrs. Bug's Cinnamon Toast from A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Mrs. Bug's Cinnamon Toast from A Breath of Snow and Ashes

"DO YOU THINK he'll come?"  Breakfast had been eaten, and no sign yet of Thomas Christie.  After a night of broken sleep, in which I dreamed repeatedly of ether masks and surgical disasters, I wasn't sure whether I wanted him to come or not.

"Aye, he'll come."  Jamie was reading the North Carolina Gazette, four months out of date, while munching the last of Mrs. Bug's cinnamon toast.  "Look, they've printed a letter from the Governor to Lord Dartmouth, saying what an unruly lot of seditious, conniving thieving bastards we all are, and asking General Gage to send him cannon to threaten us back into good behavior.  I wonder if MacDonald knows that's public knowledge?"

"Did they really?" I said absently.  I rose, and picked up the ether mask I had been staring at all through breakfast.  "Well, if he does come, I suppose I'd best be ready."

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 23)

I heard from lots of you over the weekend -- a couple made stock, a few more a batch of Bonnet's Balls, and at least a dozen readers contacted me to let me know they were baking Honey-Buttermilk Oatbread from Voyager -- and then you sent me pictures...fabulous shots of all your homemade goodies that made me glow.

How cool is that?  People are really cooking from Outlander -- en masse! (well, almost ;))  As a passionate cook and fan of DG's world, I'm so excited I am to have found a like-minded community of food and book lovers.   It's nourishing both my mind and my belly...thank you all.

So who's up for a little celebration? After all, we've been working hard in our Outlander Kitchens!  Personally, I'm gonna kick back with Jamie, ponder the morning paper and enjoy a sweet treat with my coffee.

Oh sure, you could just sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on a piece of buttered toast, but that's not how Mrs. Bug would've done it.  She would have a had a little bowl of this at hand, to feed Himself's cravings throughout the day.

(And besides, your loaf of Oatbread deserves better than that.)

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31 Jan 2012 - 10:11am

Jeanie Oliver

I thought I'd post here so you know I'm reading here, also! nWe won't mention my breads!!

31 Jan 2012 - 12:49pm

Jen C.

Sounds delicious but we don't eat a lot of toast. Any ideas for what else we could use it on???? I love Mrs. Bug! (comment edited by OK to remove a spoiler -- sorry!)


Jen! If you look just below the recipe title, you'll see where I recommend this on popcorn too! It makes a great sweet and salty snack!

Jen C.

That's ok about the editing. I guess it never occurred to me that there might be someone who hadn't read ALL the books! lol


Thanks, Jen! I know someone right now who is halfway through ABOSAA, so...I thought I'd better be safe! :)

Pat McKevitt-Ryman

It's really good on baked sweet potatoes. Try putting them under the broiler for a minute to make the cinnamon and butter melt into the potato. Much easier than candied sweets and delicious!


Pat! What a great idea! Did you hear that everyone? PUT IT ON SWEET POTATOES! :)

31 Jan 2012 - 1:08pm

The Mom Chef …

I've never even thought of making cinnamon butter yet we eat cinnamon toast on a regular basis. What a fantastic idea. Mrs. Bug is a genius. :)

31 Jan 2012 - 1:14pm

Lee Ann

I'm going to make some right now! I have a little shaker of cinnamon and sugar ready at all times. We always had one in the house when I was a kid...the idea just stuck. Must be prepared, after all!


I think I may have to take up that tradition too, Lee Ann....

Lee Ann

I also have fond memories of going on late night excursions to the diner with friends in college for conversation and cinnamon toast. :) Another good tradition.

31 Jan 2012 - 1:52pm


What a great idea, mixing it all up together ahead of time- much easier than buttering the toast first, then trying to mix the perfect combination of cinnamon & sugar to my kids' liking. I'm going to looooooove this!

31 Jan 2012 - 5:54pm

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo

Awesome idea! I love mixing the ingredients and slathering it on all together. nPS I LOVE your blog!!

31 Jan 2012 - 6:15pm


Can't wait to try this one Theresa! going to make some this afternoon. will be delicious with my gluten free bread!

02 Feb 2012 - 3:41pm


This was the best homemade bread I've ever made. My whole family loved it and devoured both loaves within two days! The recipie is going in my recipie binder, I'm already planning to make it again! Yumm!


Oops! This comment should have been under the recipie for the Oat bread! Oh well I made the spread too and it went just as fast as the bread. Delicious!


No worries, they're meant to go together anyway! Theresa


Just another way to bring the entire family into our Outlander world!

03 Feb 2012 - 2:02am


Yum yum yum! I've had butter and brown sugar on toast, but never thought to add cinnamon before!


Mrs Bug would be shocked, Deniz! (And then she'd be right over with a big bowl, just for you).

04 Feb 2012 - 3:19pm


S ay have you ever made the "creamed Crud" for the gingerbread Mrs Bug made?


Haven`t tried the crud yet ;) but it`s definitely on the list!

16 Mar 2013 - 6:54am

Shawn Bird

I add "kardamumma" (as I first learnt to call the spice in Finland) to almost everything. It's fantastic added to French toast batter.

01 Jun 2014 - 6:53pm

Kate Leslie

Does anyone have a recommendation for baking or buying good gluten-free bread? In support of my husband's new gluten-free diet, I have given up my beloved morning cinnamon toast. My mouth was watering reading about the cinnamon butter!


Kate, I don't know if you'll see this since it is so long since you posted your reply but in my limited 'purchased gf bread' experience the Schar brand has been the best. You have to go into it knowing it is just not going to be the same as a gluten loaf but compared to others I've tried, it is very satisfying. Best wishes on helping your husband with his new diet.

01 Jun 2014 - 4:50pm


I love this idea! I grew up with my mom making cinnamon toast in the toaster oven...spread a slice of bread with butter, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top, then toast for melty goodness! This seems even easier, since I no longer have a toaster oven at hand. Thank you, and Happy World Outlander Day! :D

24 Oct 2014 - 9:28pm

Beth Burghardt

I've read all the books multiple times, but haven't sprung for a Starz subscription... hope to get the whole season 1 on DVD (with extra footage a la Battlestar Galactica!) and binge awa'! Love the Outlander-based recipes with excerpts, my favorite way to get my daily Outlander fix. Have the ingredients for Mrs. Bug's drop biscuits in the fridge, hope to get them made over the weekend after my middle daughter get's her cooking-fixation out of the way (she's home from boarding school, had to make a butternut squash-crispy sage pizza recipe last night, took hours but was worth it!)


Wonderful! Enjoy your time in the kitchen with your daughter...those are some of my favourite childhood memories.

09 Jan 2015 - 3:33pm

Lizzi Campbell

I keep my mix up in the littlest canning jar on the counter. One recipe fills it right to the top. I finally got up courage & baked my own bread at the end of 2014. Just had home baked bread toast with a generous smear of cinnamon-sugar butter melted in. Delicious!

25 Feb 2015 - 2:13pm

Anna Lapping

I usually put brown sugar, butter and cloves on my baked acorn squash, but I think the cinnamon and cardamom would make a great change.

14 Apr 2015 - 1:43pm

Barley Bannoc…

with green onion and black pepper butter, which was delicious. A sweet compound butter like that on Mrs. Bugs Cinnamon Toast will give you a more dessert-like treat to munch on during the

11 Jun 2015 - 1:58am


I juste ate two pieces of toast with this on it. Super yum! I made it with the spreadable kind of butter that has the bit of oil in it.

04 Feb 2016 - 4:35pm

Alice Watkins

My mom always kept a little container of cinnamon sugar on the counter. She didn't add the butter to it, but it was available. The combo is great on sweet potatoes and any winter squash. Also mom would bake a couple sweet potatoes whenever she had the oven going for a roast, cake, what have you, and store them in the fridge for later. When it came time for the meal, she'd peel and slice them into rounds, sprinkle on butter, cinnamon, and sugar and warm them back up in the oven until the sugar was caramelized. Yummy!

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