Recipes from the Road: Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast
The souvenir we pick up the most while traveling is food. I like to learn about the foods where we are visiting and incorporate those into our everyday cooking. If we eat something out while we are traveling that we love, I figure out how to duplicate it before we move on. If there are certain ingredients that are needed that I’m able to bring home with us, I will stock up on them. I always pack an extra bag just for this. It’s pretty rare we don’t return from a trip with a bag full of foods, drinks, and treats from where ever we just visited.
Discovering Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast
On our first trip to Hawaii together, we got hooked on Hawaiian Sweetbread French Toast. I may have eaten it at every breakfast we ate out. We even have a tradition now where we go out to breakfast on our last morning on Maui to 5 Palms for their Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast and tropical mimosas. It’s the perfect way to spend our last morning in paradise.
On our last trip to Los Angeles, we visited the KING’S Hawaiian restaurant and bakery. Their bakery is huge! Not only can you get Paradise Cake with 3 lovely layers of chiffon cake, but you can also get Hawaiian Sweet Bread in almost every form you can think of. Our favorite being the rainbow swirl loaf. We picked up a few loafs to bring back with us to make some of our own Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast at home.
The sweetness of Hawaiian bread compliments French toast perfectly. I always let my bread age for a week in the fridge to let it dry out a bit and keep is from soaking up too much egg dip. Once cooked, top the French toast with strawberries and crystallized ginger slices and maple syrup. Strawberries, crystallized ginger, maple syrup, and Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast are a match made in heaven.
*Note- You must use pure maple syrup. None of that high fructose corn syrup fake stuff. It just won’t taste as good.
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Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast Recipe
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1 Aged loaf KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread (We used the rainbow loaf, but you can use any kind including the round loaf or the rolls.)
4 Large eggs
1/2 cup Milk (cow, almond, or coconut)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Butter for frying
Sliced strawberries and crystallized ginger
Pure maple syrup
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-low heat.
- Take your pre-sliced bread out of the package and you are good to go. If using a round loaf, slice the loaf of bread into 6 thick slices, about 1-inch thick. Cut larger slices into halves. If using rolls slice in half like you would a biscuit or hamburger bun.
- In a pie pan or shallow mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix occasionally to ensure the egg dip stays well-blended.
- Coat the frying pan with butter.
- Quickly dip the bread into the egg mixture and right back out. Don’t let it linger or the bread will fall apart.
- Fry on both sides until golden brown. Add more butter as needed to finish all of the bread.
- Top with warm maple syrup and sliced strawberries and crystallized ginger.
Now sit back and relax while savoring every bite of Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast.
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