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Hawaiian French Toast with Pineapple and Mascarpone - A Family Feast

Hawaiian French Toast with Pineapple and Mascarpone

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 large, thick slices of KING’S HAWAIIAN® Sweet Round Bread (slices of Portuguese sweet bread or Challah may be substituted if you can’t find King’s)
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese (cream cheese may be substituted, but cut back a little on the powdered sugar if you use that)
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple, drained (save juice)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, drained from crushed pineapple
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped roasted macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, for the griddle


  1. Slice the bread and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix mascarpone cheese, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl beat eggs and mix with coconut milk, agave nectar and cinnamon. Pour into a flat dish large enough to hold the bread slices dipped one at a time.
  4. Dip both sides of each slice in the egg mixture and hold on a platter to soak up the liquid.
  5. Lay out a dish large enough to hold one slice and pour the chopped nuts into the dish.
  6. Coat both sides of each slice in the chopped nuts.
  7. Heat a griddle pan over medium heat and melt one tablespoon of butter.
  8. Cook each side of two slices until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with rest of butter and last two slices. (If your grill pan will hold all four, then cook all at once.)
  9. To serve, cut each slice in half and serve two halves per portion, dusted with powdered sugar and topped with the pineapple spread or serve the spread on the side.