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Hawaiian Bread French Toast

Hawaiian bread French toast is soaked in cinnamon, egg, & milk, then cooked up on all sides in butter. Serve with fresh berries & a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

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stack of Hawaiian bread French toast

Looking for a fun and delicious way to start your day? This Hawaiian bread French toast takes the traditional classic french toast recipe and brings a new delicious twist!

Sweet Hawaiian rolls are soaked in a cinnamon, egg, and milk mixture, then cooked up on all sides in butter.

Serve with fresh berries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for the perfect finishing touch! 

Hawaiian roll French toast has a thick and fluffy texture that oozes delicious sweet cinnamon flavor.

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It’s the kind of breakfast that tastes so good. It’s like King’s Hawaiian French toast sliders made with Hawaiian sweet rolls!

Plus it’s a super easy breakfast recipe that uses up leftover Hawaiian rolls, which saves money on the traditional brioche bread.

ingredients to make hawaiian bread french toast

How to Make Hawaiian Roll French Toast

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.  

whisking together ingredients

STEP TWO: Melt butter in the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat.

STEP THREE: Dunk each side of the Hawaiian rolls in the egg mixture, then place into the pan. 

dipping bread into liquid

STEP FOUR: Cook each side of each roll for about 30 seconds until golden brown and crispy before flipping. Once you’ve cooked all sides, transfer the french toast rolls to a plate and keep warm.

frying bread in pan

STEP FIVE: Repeat with the remaining rolls until you’ve cooked all the rolls.

STEP SIX: Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then serve with fresh fruit, like fresh pineapple, and warm maple syrup if desired. 

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, reheating in the microwave.

several pieces of hawaiian french toast

What to Serve with King’s Hawaiian French Toast

How Long to Cook Hawaiian Roll French Toast

As long as your pan is heated, the rolls are going to cook very quickly. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

This is why I recommend only cooking four at a time even if you have a larger pan.

I find that 30 seconds per side is usually just right, but depending on your pan, you may want to adjust the time by a few seconds.

Play around with it until you find the perfect cooking time!

Don’t forget to cook the rolls on the tops, bottoms, and all sides! You want them to be nice and crispy and golden brown all the way around.

overhead shot of hawaiian french toast

Tips for Making the Best French toast with Hawaiian Bread

  • I love using the original King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, but you can use the butter-flavored ones if you prefer.
  • Use rubber tongs to dunk and flip the rolls. This will help prevent unnecessary messes and is safer than using your fingers.
  • You can cook up to 4 rolls at a time. This will prevent overcrowding and make the timing easier for flipping them.
  • The rolls cook very quickly, so make sure you check them frequently to ensure they don’t burn.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings! This is a great recipe to add a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top, a drizzle of caramel sauce, whipped cream, or the traditional maple syrup!

More Delicious French Toast Recipes

Hawaiian bread French toast in a stack

Variations to Hawaiian Roll French Toast

  • Cut the King’s Hawaiian Rolls in half before cooking to make them more like thick slices of sweet bread
  • Add some brown sugar to the egg mixture for a sweetened version of this recipe
  • Use King’s Hawaiian bread for a more traditional french toast bread — just give the sliced bread a quick dip into the mixture to avoid soggy french toast

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Yield: 4 servings

Hawaiian Bread French Toast

several pieces of hawaiian french toast rolls on a plate with fresh berries

In less than half an hour, you can treat the whole family to indulgent and delicious Hawaiian bread French toast! This breakfast will have everyone running to the table.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 (12-roll count) pack of Hawaiian Rolls
  • Butter for greasing pan
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Fresh berries
  • Syrup for dipping

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.  
  2. Butter the bottom of a large skillet and heat over medium heat. 
  3. Dunk each side of the rolls in the egg mixture and place into the pan. 
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the rolls. 
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve with fresh berries and syrup if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 6g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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