Baked Hawaiian French Toast

For the past few years, I’ve been making this French toast recipe for the ohana on Christmas. It’s quick, easy and can even be prepared the night before!

I like using freshly grated cinnamon, add as little or as much as you’d like! Anytime we have King’s Hawaiian Bread in the house, Drama goes crazy because he’s obsessed with it.

If you’re preparing the night before, it’s a good idea to wash and chop all the fresh fruit toppings needed for the next day. For some added crunch, I add unsweetened coconut chips. You can use flakes too, but I recommend using an unsweetened version since there’s plenty of sugar in the toast and syrup! 🙂 We went to Tahiti over the summer and brought home some guava jam! For a tropical touch, I added a drizzle of the guava jam plus the amazing maple syrup my parents gave me from their recent trip to Canada.

Sticking with the tropical theme, instead of regular whipped cream as a topping, I love using whipped coconut cream. It can be found in the frozen section by the cool whip! It’s a great non-dairy alternative too.

Mele Kalimaka, Maligayang Pasko, Wesolych Swiat, Merry Christmas from my ohana to yours! 🎄🌴🍍


Baked King’s Hawaiian French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 package of King’s Hawaiian bread
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh grated cinnamon

Toppings:

  • Fresh cut strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Unsweetened coconut chips, toasted
  • Maple syrup
  • Guava jam
  • Whipped coconut cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Use a 9×13 baking dish and brush evenly with melted butter. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk, sugar, butter, vanilla extract and grated cinnamon. Whisk ingredients together. Tear the loaf of King’s Hawaiian bread into small pieces and spread evenly in baking dish. Take the mixture and pour evenly over the bread until saturated. Sprinkle a little sugar over the top of bread. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Serve warm. Top with fresh fruit and toasted coconut chips. Add a small scoop of whipped coconut cream. Drizzle with syrup and jam. Enjoy!

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