Thursday, August 6, 2009

Upmarket Cheese on Toast

On Sunday evening I felt like a light supper. I wanted something cheesy but couldn’t face cheese on toast. Then I remembered how, while at boarding school all 40 years ago, we often had Welsh Rarebit as Sunday night supper.

I popped onto Google and within minutes I had the perfect recipe. I've posted the original recipe below but also adapted it to make it diet-friendly. My ingredients are in brackets. Welsh Rarebit is traditionally made with strong cheddar cheese but I dispensed with tradition in order to make this recipe user-friendly to anyone following a healthy, weight-reducing lifestyle.


Welsh Rarebit (Courtesy Avocado Magazine)

(Serves 2 – 2 Slices each)

30ml flour (I used whole-wheat flour)
30g butter (I used lite/reduced fat margarine)
200ml milk (I used skimmed milk)
150g strong cheddar cheese (I used low-fat hard cheese)
2.5ml Hot English Mustard powder
Salt and ground black pepper

Preheat the grill
Melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux
Add the milk and stir
Allow mixture to cook until thickened
Tip in the cheese with the mustard and stir vigorously
Spoon mixture onto slices of freshly made whole wheat toast
Season with salt and ground black pepper
Brown for a few minutes under the grill


  1. You won't keep that nice, slim figure for hubby, if you eat too many of these Rarebits, while he's away!
    Sounds nice, anyway.

  2. Hi Jo,

    I'm happy to be visiting your blog for the first time. Hello from France, where we both have several common friends(inc Dedene).You are welcome to stop by my blog too.

    I have heard of Welsh Rarebit but that's the first time that I've seen the recipe. It looks great ! You know that they love to eat well in France too ;)

    Have a nice day !

  3. Oh Jo, that looks like winter comfort food to me! I know that you follow a strict diet, so I can trust your recipes.

    Hugs, Dedene

  4. Hi Jo. My favorite so yummy.

  5. Aha, Bob, that is why I have the "healthy" option, in this case, in bracket. It is delicious and I haven't eaten Rarebit since my schooldays! LOL. Thanks for popping in and thanks for your email re my Tuesday post.

    Hi Barbara;)nice to meet you. I'll definitely visit your blog. How is it that the French eat so well and yet stay so slim? Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Hi Dedene;) LOL, I try... When I am tempted by delicious Cheese Cake or Lemon Meringue Pie (I know you make a DELICIOUS one) then I enjoy these treats as well.

    Bless you Regina, it is a yummy dish.

  6. I've heard of welsh rarebits, but I had no idea what it was. Sounds and looks delicious!

  7. Hi Janie;) lovely to see you again. Before I went to boarding school, I thought this dish was "rabbit" (lol) Thanks for visiting my blog. (((Hugs))) Jo

  8. Hi Jo, I like the sound of your posh cheese on toast!I love cheese on or in anything.

  9. I rmeber my mum making rarebit but never knew what she put in it. Now I can try it and a healthy option too. Thanks for the recipe.
    I cringed when I read Bob's comment. Don't we keep slim to be healthy and for our own good, not for hubbies. I hope I don't offend anyone.

  10. Hi Peggy;) yes, it IS actually posh cheese on toast. It is DELICIOUS and worth a try...

    Hi diane;) you'll enjoy this recipe - let me know if you make it... (((Hugs)))


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