This house is currently on a Hawaiian bread kick. I’ve always loved it for my Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches, but I’ve recently expanded my usage to bread bowls and regular sandwiches with the whole loaves. I’ve always been wary of using it that way, thinking that it would be far too sweet, but surprisingly, its not at all. It makes a fantastic sandwich.
But when I started really thinking about it, I thought it would make an out-of-this-world tropical french toast- and I was right. There’s just enough tropical flavor there without being overbearing, since the coconut really loses a lot of its sweetness when its cooked and the juice in the batter isn’t overwhelming.
I have two tips for you on this recipe: One- don’t oversaturate the bread. In and out of the batter, or it will be a soggy mess. Two- and most importantly- DO NOT LET YOUR PAN GET TOO HOT. You’ll end up with a burned, overdone outside and a mushy inside. Not what we are going for here.
My first batch, I used a cast iron pan, thinking that would be the best way for me to get a nice crust. False. It got way too hot, the sugar from the coconut burned in several spots, and I was close to thinking the dish was a failure. I tried the next round in a nonstick pan over medium heat and it turned out wonderfully. The outside didn’t cook overly quickly, allowing me to get a cooked inside and a crispy, golden outside.
This was great with syrup, but I think it would be evenly delicious with a fruit salsa over top- mango, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, etc.
Hummingbird Tropical Coconut French Toast
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup orange-pineapple-banana juice blend
- 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 round hawaiian bread, sliced 1" thick
- Vegetable oil
- Heat 1 T oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- In a wide, shallow bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and juice. Spread the coconut on a plate.
- Dip a bread piece in the egg mixture quickly (do not oversaturate), then into the coconut to coat each side. Add it to the hot oil and cook until the coconut is golden brown, then flip. Be very careful not to burn the coconut!
- Repeat with the remaining slices, adding more oil as necessary. Serve with syrup and/or fresh fruit.