Hawaiian Roll French toast is thick, fluffy, and sweet – everything you want in french toast but with rolls instead of bread. This is a delicious and easy breakfast recipe that is sure to become your new favorite! It gets soaked in traditional milk and egg custard and browned in butter, then finished off with fresh berries or a dusting of powdered sugar.
A New Way to Enjoy French Toast
Hawaiian french toast is so soft and fluffy. You still get slightly crisp and brown on the outside but the thick sweet rolls stay so soft on the inside. Even if you use thick slices of brioche, they are not nearly as fluffy. Plus, you get a little extra sweetness from the rolls as well which goes great with tart berries or rich maple syrup.
My kids love traditional french toast, but this is a fun twist. Breakfast for dinner is huge in our house and we like to switch up what we make since I cook it about once a week. This Hawaiian bread french toast was a huge hit with the entire family. Now they ask me to make it this way all the time! We love to serve this with pork sausage links, salty bacon, slices of ham, or even scrambled eggs.
Ingredients Needed to Make Hawaiian French Toast
This recipe is made with a classic cinnamon, vanilla, milk, and egg mixture. You likely have all the custard ingredients in your kitchen right now!
- Cinnamon – An important ingredient for any french toast recipe
- King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls – Original or butter both would work perfectly
- Butter – Needed for greasing the pan and gives the Hawaiian rolls a beautiful golden brown color
How to Make Hawaiian Roll French Toast
Making breakfast is quicker and easier than ever with this recipe! The rolls take way less time to cook and brown, giving you more time to enjoy them.
- Make the Egg Mixture. Whisk together egg, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Making sure the eggs are completely incorporated.
- Prepare the Skillet. Heat the skillet (or griddle) to medium-high heat and grease with butter.
- Dunk the Rolls. Dunk the rolls into the egg mixture one side at a time.
- Cook the Rolls. Place on the hot skillet for about 30 seconds per side. You should be able to fit about 4 rolls at a time. You need to repeat the last two steps until all of the Hawaiian rolls are cooked.
- Add Toppings and Serve. Dust with powdered sugar, top with fresh fruit or drizzle with syrup, and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks
- As mentioned above, you can use the original or butter-flavored Hawaiian rolls.
- There are several toppings you can use for this french toast including:
- Powdered sugar
- Berries – raspberries, blueberries, etc…
- Sliced bananas
- Maple syrup
- Extra butter
- Cooked fruit like apples
- Do not soak the rolls for too long in the egg mixture or they will become soggy and fall apart.
- Watch these closely while cooking since they brown quickly to prevent burning.
- Add additional spices for different flavors like ground ginger, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice! Only use about ½ tsp of each.
- You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days in a ziptop bag.
- Keep any extra frozen in a freezer-safe ziptop bag for up to 2 months.
- Variations: mix in some pumpkin spice to the egg mixture. Roll the cooked rolls in extra cinnamon sugar mixture. Cut the rolls before frying into french toast bites. Feel free to use this recipe with any bread like challah or brioche bread.
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Hawaiian Roll French Toast
- In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Butter the bottom of a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
- Dunk each side of the rolls in the egg mixture and place them into the pan.
- Cook 4 rolls at a time and cook each side of each roll for about 30 seconds before flipping. Make sure to cook each side of the roll.
- Repeat with the rest of the rolls.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with fresh berries and syrup if desired.
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● You can serve these with syrup or jam.
● These take no time to cook on each side so make sure you check them frequently so they dont burn.