Yum: Disney’s Tonga Toast

Unfortunately my recap of Disney is coming to an end. Of course, I can’t not talk about Tonga toast. Prior to our trip, I read several blogs naming it a must-have breakfast item. So, on a whim I made reservations. Turns out it was quite a trek from our hotel, but beyond worth it. You can get this staple at Polynesian’s resort at Kona Cafe, located on the second floor of the lobby.

Tonga toast is a sweet, cinnamon and sugar coated French toast, stuffed with bananas and served with strawberry compote. It is definitely something to try if you have a sweet tooth as it’s sinfully sweet. Be sure to walk it off afterwards roaming the gorgeous Disney property or making your way to the Magic Kingdom.



Now, thanks to Pinterest, there are plenty of copycat versions to make this sweet treat at home!

Tonga Toast Recipe

Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Batter Ingredients:
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cup whole milk1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Strawberry compote:
10 sliced strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar

Tonga Toast Ingredients:
1 quart canola oil, for frying
1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
2 large bananas, peeled

For cinnamon-sugar:
1. Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Set aside.

For batter:
1. Whip eggs in medium bowl until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

For strawberry compote:
1. Slice up 10 strawberries, place 6 of the strawberries into a small saucepan with vanilla and sugar and heat until boiling.
2. Remove strawberries from heat and pour mixture into blender with 4 non-cooked, fresh strawberries and blend well. Pour into bowl for Tonga Toast sauce.

For Tonga toast:
1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees F in a large pot or a deep fryer.
2. Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
3. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
4. 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 into; repeat with each bread slice.
5. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
6. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side.
7. Remove and drain excess oil from the bread.
8. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.

Tell us, have you tried this sweet treat? What are some other must-have items when you visit Disney?