24 March 2011

Recipe: Tonga Toast

Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Resort serves this extremely popular breakfast item. This open air restaurant is warm and colorful and for breakfast serves both sweet and savory items. Can't get a reservation to have this delicious treat? Head over to Captain Cook's, this food court at the Polynesian also serves this during breakfast hours.

Kona Cafe
Sugar-Cinnamon Ingredients: 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon Batter Ingredients: 4 large eggs 1 1/3 cup whole milk 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon granulated 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 (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
For batter:
  1. Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

For Tonga toast:
  1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees 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.)
  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. Remove and drain excess oil.
  7. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.

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