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Disney’s Tonga Toast

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Indulge in the iconic delight of Disney’s Tonga Toast, a mouthwatering fusion of flavors that transports you to the tropical paradise of Disney’s Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. Imagine thick slices of bread, generously stuffed with ripe bananas, then dipped in a luscious cinnamon sugar batter before being deep-fried to golden perfection. Each bite is a symphony of textures and tastes, with the crisp exterior giving way to a warm and creamy interior bursting with sweet banana goodness.

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

One of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is to go resort hopping. That is when you take time to visit the different resort hotels on the Disney World property. The Walt Disney World Resort monorail loop has some of my favorite resorts. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDisney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we always stop at Pineapple Lanai to get a refreshing Dole Whip Float (you can get my DIY Dole Whip recipe here). If we happen to be at the resort in the morning, we have to stop at Kona Cafe to get an order of Tonga Toast!

Disney's Polynesian Resot
Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast, a beloved specialty from Disney’s Polynesian Resort, is a mouthwatering delight that captures the essence of tropical indulgence and one of the best breakfasts in all of Walt Disney World. This decadent breakfast classic features thick slices of bread stuffed with creamy banana filling, dipped in a sweet cinnamon sugar batter, and fried to golden perfection. 

Each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures, with the warmth of cinnamon, the sweetness of ripe bananas, and the crispiness of the fried exterior. 

Making Tonga Toast at home allows you to recreate the magic of a Disney vacation right in your own kitchen. Whether as a special weekend treat or a nostalgic reminder of past travels, Tonga Toast promises to bring joy and delight to any breakfast table. Its irresistible allure and comforting flavors make it a must-try for Disney enthusiasts and breakfast lovers alike.

Tonga Toast can be purchased for breakfast from Kona Cafe or Capt. Cook’s. The menu describes Tonga Toast this way:

Banana-stuffed French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote and your choice of Ham, Spiced Ham, Bacon, or Sausage

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? My brother-in-law happens to be from the island of Tonga and has never had anything like this before, but it is still a catchy name 😉

Tonga Toast covered in syrup

Tonga Toast Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Eggs: Eggs serve as a binding agent in the batter for the Fried French Toast, helping to create a crispy and golden exterior when fried. They also contribute to the overall richness and texture of the dish. Substitution: For an egg-free version, you can use a mixture of mashed bananas or applesauce as a binding agent.
  • Milk or Cream: Milk or cream adds moisture and richness to the batter, resulting in a creamy texture and enhancing the flavor of the French toast. Substitution: You can use dairy-free alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk for a vegan or lactose-free option.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon adds warmth and depth of flavor to the French toast, providing a delightful aroma and enhancing the overall taste of the dish. It complements the sweetness of the batter and adds a hint of spice. Substitution: You can use other spices like nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice for a different flavor profile.
  • Sugar: Sugar adds sweetness to the batter, balancing the flavors and caramelizing when the French toast is fried, creating a crispy and golden crust. Substitution: You can use alternative sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for a healthier option.
  • Loaf of Bread: A loaf of bread, preferably thick-sliced sourdough or brioche, serves as the base for the French toast. It absorbs the batter well and becomes soft and custardy when cooked, creating a satisfying texture. Substitution: You can use gluten-free bread or whole wheat bread for dietary preferences.
  • Bananas: Bananas can be sliced and added as a topping to the Fried French Toast, providing natural sweetness, flavor, and texture. They complement the dish beautifully and add a refreshing element. Substitution: You can use other fruits like berries, peaches, or apples as toppings for variation.
  • Oil for frying: Oil is used for frying the French toast, ensuring that it cooks evenly and develops a crispy exterior. It also adds richness to the dish and helps prevent sticking to the pan. Substitution: You can use butter or clarified butter (ghee) for frying if preferred, or opt for a non-stick cooking spray for a lighter option.
Deep Fried French Toast also known as Tonga Toast

How to Make Disney’s Tonga Toast

[Step 1] French Toast Batter: Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon sugar. You can also use a blender or food processor which works great!

Tonga Toast Batter ingredients being whisked together

[Step 2] Cut the bread into three-inch-thick slices. Use a knife to cut a slit into the top of each piece of bread, but don’t cut all the way through. You are basically cutting out a little pocket in the bread.

Use a knife to cut a slit into the top of each slice, but don't cut all the way through. You are basically cutting out a little pocket in the bread.

[Step 3] Peel and cut the bananas in half. Then cut the banana slices in half again, length-wise. Stuff two pieces of banana into the bread pocket.

Stuff two banana slices into the bread pocket.

[Step 4] Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat until it reaches about 350 degrees. Dip the stuffed bread in the egg mixture, covering both sides. 

Dip the Tonga Toast in the batter, covering both sides.

[Step 5] Use tongs to carefully place the bread in the hot oil. Fry the French Toast on each side for 3-4 minutes until it is golden brown. Remove the toast from the pan and allow it to drain excess oil on a paper towel.

Fry the French Toast on each side for 3-4 minutes until it is golden brown.

[Step 6] Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and coat both sides of the Tonga Toast. Serve with your favorite French Toast Toppings and a side of bacon!

Syrup poured over Tonga Toast

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Two pieces of Tonga Toast on a Paper Towel

Toppings for Tonga Toast

My kids like to have their Tonga Toast plain (because they say it tastes like a cronut) but it is also amazing topped with good old maple syrup. Here are some other toppings to try:

Coat both sides of the Tonga Toast with cinnamon sugar.

French Toast Filling Ideas

Traditional Tonga Toast from Walt Disney World is stuffed with sliced bananas, but feel free to stuff your French Toast with what ever you’d like! For another Polynesian twist on French toast, try this Tangaroa Toast recipe from the Disneyland Hotel!

I have one son who likes it plain, with no filling. Another likes his filled with Nutella and sliced strawberries. Another filling option is butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Just like a cinnamon roll. Use your imagination!

Tonga Toast

Final Thoughts

Disney’s Tonga Toast is not just a breakfast dish; it’s a journey to the heart of Disney magic. With its irresistible combination of flavors and its ability to transport you to the enchanting ambiance of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Tonga Toast is a culinary experience like no other. 

Whether you’re reminiscing about past Disney adventures or creating new memories at home, this iconic treat is sure to delight and inspire. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave you craving more. Enjoy the magic of Tonga Toast, and let the flavors of Disney transport you to a world of enchantment with every delicious bite.

Serve with your favorite French Toast Toppings.

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Syrup poured over Tonga Toast

Tonga Toast

Yield: 6 Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Disney's Tonga Toast is deep fried French Toast stuffed with bananas and covered in cinnamon sugar. Just like eating breakfast at Disney's Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World!

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/3 Cups Milk or Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Loaf of Bread, uncut (I used cinnamon brioche)
  • 2 Bananas
  • Oil for frying
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Cinnamon Sugar Mixture: Begin by combining 3/4 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a shallow bowl or pie pan.
  2. Batter: Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. You can also use a blender or food processor which works great!
  3. Slice the bread 6 thick pieces. Use a knife to cut a slit into the top of each slice, but don't cut all the way through. You are basically cutting out a little pocket in the bread.
  4. Peel and cut the bananas in half. Then slice the bananas in half again, lentgh-wise. Stuff two banana slices into the bread pocket.
  5. Heat the oil over medium high heat until it reaches about 350 degrees.
  6. Dip the Tonga Toast in the batter, covering both sides. Use tongs to carefully place the bread in the oil. Fry the French Toast on each side for 3-4 minutes until it is golden brown.
  7. Remove the toast from the pan and allow it to drain on a paper towel.
  8. Coat both sides of the Tonga Toast with cinnamon sugar.
  9. Serve with your favorite French Toast Toppings.

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