Enjoy French Toast with Hawaiian Bread, a pan-fried French toast recipe that is made with sweet bread, and served with coconut syrup. This breakfast food offers a tasty start to the day without much work, taking only 20 minutes to make. The cinnamon flavor goes nicely with fresh fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple!

a bite of french toast with fruit

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Everyone loves Hawaiian French Toast! This French Toast with Hawaiian Bread tastes like a sweet bread French toast casserole, but instead, it’s a good old-fashioned French toast—the way my mama made it, pan-fried. You know, served with a dusting of powdered sugar.

French Toast with Hawaiian Bread

We love it served the tropical way with island-inspired coconut syrup and fresh fruit. It’s the ultimate breakfast treat that we all love–from kids to adults.

a bite of french toast

Hawaiian bread French toast is pan-fried, and uses a sweet bread that you can find in most stores. For spring and summer holidays, like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July–the whole family will loves this recipe.

Hawaiian French Toast

You may have already tried our Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Hawaiian bread, which is so good. This recipe is also a real crowd-pleaser, and we love it served with bacon and these cinnamon roll pecan cake.

French toast with coconut syrup

Why I love this recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe to make, with simple ingredients.
  • Serve with powdered sugar and coconut syrup for the ultimate French toast breakfast!
  • It’s a tropical breakfast – with coconut, pineapple, and a lot of love!

ingrdients for Hawaiian French Toast

Gather these ingredients

  • Sweet round bread loaf (Hawaiian bread): if you can’t find in the store, optional to use Brioche bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Orange juice
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Coconut syrup: also optional to use maple or date syrup
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple chunks

french toast with powdered sugar

Toppings to add:

  • More toppings to add:
  • Flavored butters (lavendar butter is delish!)
  • Whipped cream
  • Berry syrup or date syrup
  • Granola
  • Toasted dried coconut chunks

how to make Hawaiian French Toast

How do you make French Toast with Hawaiian Bread?

  1. Slice bread crosswise so that each slice is about 1-inch thick. Cut larger slices into halves or thirds, if desired. Set aside.
  2. In a shallow mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix occasionally to ensure it’s well-blended.
  3. Quickly dip slices (do not soak) in egg mixture and cook in frying pan, over medium heat, until golden brown on both sides.

cooking french toast

Tips and substitutions:

  • Optional to serve with favorite jam and regular maple syrup, although pineapple is divine!
  • If you can’t find Hawaiian bread, use brioche bread. Both breads are naturally sweeter than your classic white bread.
  • Keep your heat LOWER than normal and turn it up as needed. If the outside burns quickly, the inside will not cook.
  • Feel free to add other spices or extracts to your custard mixture if desired. For example, add cardamom.
  • Optional to add cream for a richer flavor profile (in place of milk + orange juice).
  • Did you know? Allowing the bread to dry out before making French toasts prevents the recipe from getting too soggy.
stack of french toast

How do you serve French Toast?

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with warm coconut syrup. Optional to add fruit, such as pineapple, strawberries or blueberries.

Enjoy for a weekend treat!

stacks of Hawaiian French Toast

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French Toast with Hawaiian Bread

Enjoy French Toast with Hawaiian Bread, a pan-fried French toast recipe that is made with sweet bread; served with coconut syrup and fruit.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 loaf King’s Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cicnnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar optional
  • Coconut syrup
  • Fruit on the side: chunks of fresh pineapple, not canned – too yucky in color ha!, blueberries and a few strawberries.

Instructions
 

  • Slice bread crosswise so that each slice is about 1-inch thick. Cut larger slices into halves or thirds, if desired. Set aside.
  • In a shallow mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix occasionally to ensure it's well-blended.
  • Quickly dip slices (do not soak) in egg mixture and cook in frying pan until golden brown on both sides.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with warm coconut syrup.

Notes

Reposted from April 2023.
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Sodium: 92mg, Potassium: 117mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 382IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg
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French Toast with Hawaiian Bread