Disney's Tonga Toast recipe is the deep-fried, sugary-sweet treat we didn't know we needed.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
May 17, 2020
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Move over Mickey waffles, there’s a new Disney breakfast food taking over our feeds: Tonga Toast. What is Tonga Toast, you ask? If you’ve never stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World, you may not have come across this decadent creation. Tonga Toast is the resort’s signature take on French toast, but its slices of sourdough bread are stuffed with bananas, battered, deep-fried, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. For years, you could only get this truly indulgent treat at Kona Cafe or Capt. Cook’s at the resort, but now, you can make it yourself, thanks to a recent recipe posted on the Disney Parks blog.

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Tonga Toast Recipe from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 

Tonga Toast Ingredients (Serves 4)

For the Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the Batter:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For the Tonga Toast:

  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long)
  • 2 large bananas, peeled

How to Make Tonga Toast

For the Cinnamon Sugar:

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended.  Set aside.

For the Batter:

Whip eggs in a medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well-beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

For the Tonga Toast:

  1. 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.)
  2. Cut the bread into four three-inch-thick slices.
  3. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise.
  4. 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.
  5. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides and allowing excess batter to drip off. Place carefully into hot oil.
  6. Cook four to five minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after two minutes and cook for another two minutes on the other side. Remove and drain excess oil.
  7. 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.