If there’s one food item that we here at DFB have raved about for years and will CONTINUE to shout about for years to come, it’s Tonga Toast.
This beauty can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort over at Capt. Cook’s as well as Kona Cafe. It easily tops our list as something you MUST try when you visit the Polynesian — and arguably something everyone should try in all of Disney World!
In a nutshell, Tonga Toast is a thiiiiicccc slice of sourdough bread stuffed with bananas, and egg batter-dipped and deep-fried to a golden brown before being rolled in cinnamon sugar. It’s basically a massive piece of tropical deep fried french toast. It’s only found at the Polynesian Village Resort in Disney World and yes, it’s just as amazing as it sounds.
Luckily you don’t have to be at the Polynesian to eat this incredible breakfast dish! Follow this simple recipe below and you’ll be instantly transported to one of our favorite Disney World Resort hotels!
Thanks to our wonderful friend Heather Sievers over at @diningindisney, we have some visual aids to gaze at along the way.
Seriously just looking at her photos makes us want to run out to the store this instant and gather all of these ingredients!
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 quart canola oil, for frying
- 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
- 2 large bananas, peeled
Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
Whip eggs in a medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
For Tonga Toast:
- Using caution, preheat oil to 350°F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.)
- Slice the bread into four, three-inch-thick slices.
- Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
- Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana inside; repeat with each bread slice.
- Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering all sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread, and place carefully into hot oil.
- Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
- Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.
And presto! Serve this beauty up with a side of bacon and eggs and you got yourself a quintessential Polynesian breakfast. (If you want to be EXTRA with it, you can blend up a few strawberries with cream and a pinch of sugar to make a strawberry compote to pour over like you get at Kona Cafe!) And with all of us perfecting our culinary skills these days, we can all become Tonga Toast aficionados in no time!
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Have you ever tried Tonga Toast? Have you made it for yourself at home before? Let us know in the comments!