Tonga Toast


Location: Kona Cafe – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Walt Disney World

Location: Captain Cook’s – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Walt Disney World

Source: Gourmet Cooking with Mickey – The Disney Chefs.

Hey Beautiful Bakers!

There are certain foods I’ve only discovered after leaving the parks. Things that I now love. I’ve made them numerous times in my kitchen but have never had the real thing. Tonga Toast is one of those meals. I freaking love me some Tonga Toast.

For all the times I’ve been standing in my kitchen stuffing bananas into thick pieces of sourdough bread, I’ve never once thought I should go over to Walt Disney World and try them. We only lived a 30-minute drive too. For goodness sakes they even sell it at multiple locations; Kona Cafe and Captain Cook’s.

If you have never had Tonga Toast than let me set the scene for you. It’s a piece of sourdough bread cut super thick. They are stuffed with bananas, soaked with egg and vanilla and then DEEP FRIED. Everything tasted better deep fried don’t you think? Then just because it hasn’t passed the million calorie level yet, it’s coated with cinnamon and sugar. Oh my goodness, it’s good. It’s finally topped with a strawberry compote. Please try to control the drooling.

Enough with the build up. Let’s get to the goodness and tastiness.


Tonga Toast

  • sourdough bread cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick slices

  • 1 banana

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • oil for frying

Strawberry Compote

  • 10 Large strawberries

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla


Tonga Toast:

  1. Cut a 1-inch pocket in the tops of your sourdough bread slices.

  2. Cut your bananas into slices and stuff the bananas into the slices. You should be able to fit 4 half slices into the bread slices.

  3. On a plate, mix together the cinnamon and sugar together. Place the plate to the side for later.

  4. In a bowl bigger than a bread slice, mix together the milk and vanilla.

  5. In a large pot, heat about four inches of oil to 350 degrees. It doesn’t have to be said but always be careful when using oil on the stove. You can also use a deep fryer too.

  6. Soak the bread slice in the egg mixture and make sure to give time for the egg mixture to soak into the slices.

  7. Fry both sides of the bread until they are golden brown. This took me exactly three minutes. An oddly specific amount of time.

  8. Once out of fryer, press all sides into the cinnamon sugar mixture and serve. Watch out because it will be very hot.

Strawberry Compote:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, combine 6 sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla. Stir and bring to a boil. It should take 5 to 7 minutes. It really depends on your heat source.

  2. In a blender, place 4 sliced strawberries, and cooked mixture and blend really well. Always be careful because there will be steam when you blend.

The recipe says you can serve it warm or cold but I would always serve it warm. It gives you that comfort food feeling in your tummy.

Happy Baking Everyone!

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