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Recipes from the Road: Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast

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.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast is one of the best breakfasts on Maui.

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.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast

Loving the rainbow swirl Hawaiian sweet bread!

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

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast

Strawberries and crystallized ginger perfectly compliment the Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast.


  • 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.
Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast

Cook the french toast low and slow to make sure it cooks all the way through.

Now sit back and relax while savoring every bite of Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast


Liked our Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast article? Be sure to try our other Recipes from the Road.

Have you ever had Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast?
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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


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