A Hawaiian Vacation Staple: Tropical French Toast Bake

Every year I spend one week on one of the many beautiful islands of Hawaii, and every year I make this Tropical French Toast bake! French toast bakes are so versatile and a snap to whip up. This makes it the perfect brunch dish to make on vacation since it requires few ingredients that can be purchased nearly anywhere, and can also be customized to suit your tastes or to suit what’s available in your region. Making this Tropical French Toast Bake always gets me in the Hawaiian mood, but of course each time I make it is slightly different due to what’s available! You can completely customize this recipe, of course, and can make it for any occasion, anytime, anywhere!

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So below is going to be two recipes. One is the basic outline for making any French toast bake and the second is for my rendition of a Tropical French Toast Bake. I encourage you to take the basic recipe and update it completely, making your own new and improved crazy creations! I think the best part about being in the kitchen is the creativity and innovation involved. I love taking a basic outline of a recipe and completely change it to fit my tastes and what’s available.

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To start with you have to make the custard.

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Place one layer of bread down in the baking dish, cover with some custard, and place any extras you want in it. I love putting chopped chocolate covered macadamia nuts in my Tropical French Toast Bake.

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Then place the second layer of bread down, cover with the remanding custard, and add any extras you want. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to soak in all of that custard.

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What is really cool about this French toast bake is the layers. What I mean is that there are two layers of bread. What is so awesome about these two layers is how different they are. The bottom layer is creamy like a bread pudding and the top layer is crunchy, like bread that just got out of the toaster. Together, it makes for a creamy and crunchy bite that is out of this world! Yum!

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Basic Overnight French Toast Casserole

Adapted from The Mom 100

Serves 9

  • Butter/nonstick cooking spray, for greasing the baking dish
  • 2 c. milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 large loaf of bread, preferably slightly stale
  • 3/4 c. extras (ie. raisins, chopped dried fruit, chopped nuts)
  1. Grease a 8×12 baking dish w/ butter or spray it w/ cooking spray.
  2. Place the milk, eggs, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, & salt in a med.-size bowl & whisk to mix well. Set the milk mixture aside.
  3. Arrange 1/2 of bread slices in prepared baking dish, cutting bread so that it fits in solid layer. Pour 1/2 of milk mixture over bread, then evenly distribute ~1/2 of any desired extras on top.
  4. Repeat, creating a 2nd layer of bread & then pouring the rest of milk mixture on top & distributing rest of desired extras over bread. Lightly press bread down into liquid.
  5. Cover baking dish w/ plastic wrap & refrigerate it overnight. The bread will have absorbed almost all of milk mixture.
  6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  7. Bake French toast, uncovered, until it’s puffed & golden, 20-25 min.
  8. Let French toast sit for 5 min. to firm up a bit, then cut into squares & serve hot w/ maple syrup.

 

Tropical French Toast Bake 

Serves 9

  • Butter/nonstick cooking spray, for greasing the baking dish
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut, guava, or passionfruit syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg. (12 rolls) Hawaiian bread rolls
  • 1 pkg. (9 rolls) guava rolls
  • 3/4 c. extras (ie. chocolate-covered macadamia nuts/dried tropical fruit)
  1. Grease a 8×12 baking dish w/ butter or spray it w/ cooking spray.
  2. Place the milk, coconut milk, eggs, syrup, & salt in a med.-size bowl & whisk to mix well. Set the milk mixture aside.
  3. Arrange 9 of the Hawaiian rolls in the prepared baking dish. Pour 1/2 of milk mixture over bread, then evenly distribute ~1/2 of any desired extras on top.
  4. Arrange 9 of the guava rolls on top of the Hawaiian rolls and tear apart the 3 remaining Hawaiian rolls to fill any gaps in the baking dish. Pour the rest of milk mixture on top & distributing rest of desired extras over bread. Lightly press bread down into liquid.
  5. Cover baking dish w/ plastic wrap & refrigerate it overnight. The bread will have absorbed almost all of milk mixture.
  6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  7. Bake French toast, uncovered, until it’s puffed & golden, 20-25 min.
  8. Let French toast sit for 5 min. to firm up a bit, then cut into squares & serve hot w/ coconut, guava, or passionfruit syrup.
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