When you read “banana-stuffed sourdough bread, battered, deep-fried, and dusted with cinnamon-sugar” you know what’s coming – Tonga Toast! Currently served at Kona Cafe and Capt. Cook’s, this decadent breakfast classic has been on the menu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort since 1971.
This blissfully rich breakfast recipe is the perfect Mother’s Day treat and a great way for the family to enjoy a taste of Disney magic.
Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 quart canola oil, for frying
- 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
- 2 large bananas, peeled
Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
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:
- Using caution, preheat oil to 350°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.)
- Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
- Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
- 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.
- Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil.
- 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.
- Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast.
Note: This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version. As a reminder, while preparing this recipe, please supervise children who are helping or nearby.
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Just made this as part of our “At Home Disney Vacation.” It was amazing! I haven’t had it at the resort, but now it’s on my list to try so I know how I did making it.
Thank you so much for the recipe, videos, and everything else that’s helping keep this time at home fun, yummy, and magical!
I would love the recipe for your soufflé and creme brûlée’s served in the Disney cruises
That looks delicious, i look forward to making it. Can you please give the bread pudding recipe from 1900 park fair. My daughter’s and I dream about that bread pudding. To all the Mouseketeers, thank you for providing us with a little magic, from the happiest place on earth.
The Tonga Toast has been a special treat for my family since DisneyWorld opened. As a child, my father would always have us stay at the Polynesian Village. I introduced my wife to it on our honeymoon. We brought our daughter to enjoy some when she was old enough. I was also able to enjoy some with my father before he passed. It’s amazing the memories a bit of deliciousness can have.
Can I please have Cinderella’s Castle rice pudding recipe…it is the best i have ever had!
My teenage boys made this for me for Mother’s Day! It was delicious!
The Tonga toast looks very good. I’m going to try it. I wish you could post the Obama’s Hawaiian bread. That was so good.
We went from a Saratoga Springs Treehouse via taxi in the pouring down rain to have Tonga toast for breakfast last October before our Disney Cruise ! I dream about it and tried to make it at home before, but this will be perfect! Thank you!
Oooo! Please, please, please share the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding with Banana Fosters Sauce next!! I need that recipe to make Father’s Day perfect!
Made this this morning for my wife for Mother’s Day. The store didn’t have sourdough bread so I used Italian and it turned out amazing. Thank you for the recipe!!!
Thanks for sharing. It looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try it!
Thank you for the recipes!! Can you share Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna from the Crystal Palace?
I would love the recipe for pineapple pancakes from Kona Cafe.
May I please have the strawberry purée recipe too? That would make my Mother’s Day! I would have every Mother’s Day at Disney with my kids and we would go to Kona Cafe or Captain Cook’s for this. I have introduced as many people as I can to the wonders of Tonga Toast.
I remember when Disney had the Mother’s Day Brunch too.