Tonga Toast Recipe

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Tonga Toast

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Tonga Toast

French toast recipe consisting of banana stuffed sourdough bread rolled in cinnamon sugar


    Tonga Toast
  • 2 or 4 slices sourdough bread, cut 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • oil or shortening for frying
  • whipped butter and/or syrup
  • Strawberry Compote
  • 10 large strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    Tonga Toast
  1. Cut a 1-inch pocket in one side of each bread slice.
  2. Cut banana in half crosswise, then split each piece lengthwise.
  3. Remove peel and stuff 2 pieces of fruit in each pocket of bread; set aside.
  4. Mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  5. Mix well the egg, milk and vanilla.
  6. Heat about 4 inches of oil in a pan to 350 degrees F.
  7. Dip stuffed bread into egg/milk mixture and let it soak a few seconds to let penetrate bread.
  8. Fry bread on both sides in hot oil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  9. Drain on paper towels or wire rack.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve.
  11. Strawberry Compote
  12. Slice 6 strawberries and place in small pot.
  13. Add sugar and vanilla, stir.
  14. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until mixtures starts to boil.
  15. Place 4 sliced strawberries in a blender or food processor.
  16. Add cooked strawberry mixture and blend until smooth.
  17. Serve warm or cold.

Tonga Toast History

Tonga Toast has been on the menu at Disney’s Polynesian Resort since 1971. It is such a popular item that it is among the top three selling breakfast items. In fact, it is so legendary that there is an urban legend passed down by Disney’s cast members and Tonga Toast fans alike that Elvis was a huge fan of the toast. He supposedly sent his personal chef to Disney World to learn how to make it. “Thank You, thank you very much,” is what I’m guessing the King told his chef. What exactly is in it that makes it so good? The Tonga Toast is basically a cinnamon-sugared chunk of deep-fried, banana-stuffed toast. It is made by tucking bananas into thick slices of sourdough Pullman bread, dunking the stuffed bread in eggwash, deep frying and then coating in cinnamon sugar. In the early beginnings Disney chefs tried stuffing the toast with marinated peaches, mango slices and other fruits. However, bananas eventually won out and the rest is culinary history.

Where Tonga Toast Is Served

Tonga Toast is served at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It’s served at two restaurants there: Kona Cafe and Captain Cook’s. The Tonga Toast served at Kona Cafe has a little more pizzaz as it is served with a strawberry compote sauce.

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