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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Slightly Sour, Slightly Sweet: Kumquat Cardamom Pineapple Bread

Kumquat. What a funny word. And a what a funny fruit it is. If you have never seen a kumquat, (well if you finish reading this post, you will) it looks like a miniature orange. What does it taste like? Like a miniature orange! But unlike an orange, you eat the kumquats rind (or skin, or whatever you call it). Kumquats have a really interesting balance of sour and sweet that gives it a very interesting flavor profile. With this deliciously sweet and sour quick bread, I combined these deliciously different kumquats with cardamom and pineapple! This makes for a deliciously moist, sweet, sour, earthy, and spicy bread. And to top it all off (literally) there is the most beautiful bright yellow-orange, delicious sweet and tangy glaze. This recipe too easy and delicious to resist, so let’s get baking!

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Chocolate Tropical French Toast in a Mug

Oh French toast, how I love thee. I will write a poem for just for you, my love:

Bananas are yellow,

chocolate is brown.

I don’t know where this is going,

I should stop writing now.

But anyway…. My point is microwave mug cakes don’t have to be just for dessert. They have every right to be at the breakfast table too! Think about it, they’re quick and super easy to make. So I have taken the liberty to create a Microwave Chocolate Tropical French Toast in a Mug (I know, I shouldn’t have). This French toast in a mug is a complete breakfast. You’ll be getting fiber from the whole wheat bread, protein from the egg, calcium from the milk, and vitamins from the fruit! (But don’t worry. If you’re freaked about it being healthy, I added chocolate. No worries, bro.)

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