What’s more satisfying that a slice of warm, sugary French toast to start a day of exploring in your favorite Disney park? I’ll tell you what. A whole loaf of warm, sugary French toast.
Just make sure you come prepared with a pillow. When the sugar crash kicks in, you’ll find yourself gently slipping into a mid-morning coma. Swiss Family Treehouse makes a great place to nap (We are saving the article “Places to Nap at Disney After Eating Too Much Food” for another day).
For years, The Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom served up warm slices of the loaf to delighted guests – offering them a delicious, diabets-enducing shot of much-needed sugar.
Cast Members at the Bakery cited a lack of popularity for the elimination of the snack. This claim is not hard to refute, given the slew of on-line requests to re-instate the dish.
While you won’t find this take on classic ‘French’ (the earliest documented reference to this dish is actually in a Roman food book) toast in Disney World anymore, you can attempt to make it home.
A great way to start your children bouncing of the walls before school.
12 slices day-old white bread (preferably a home-style white, not Wonder Bread
8 oz. butter (chilled and sliced)
Brown sugar batch:
9 oz, light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together and set aside.
10 oz. heavy cream
4 large eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together and refrigerate until ready to use.
Liberally spray a loaf pan with Pam or other vegetable spray. Layer three slices day old bread on bottom of pan. Sprinkle 1/3 brown sugar mixture on top of bread, then layer 1/3 of the butter. Repeat these steps two more times. Top off with three more slices of bread (should have a total of 12 slices of bread). Press down with hand to compact bread into loaf pan.
Slowly pour 16 oz. of batter over top of loaf, covering completely. This may take a little time, to allow it to fully absorb into bread and flow into spaces at bottom. (Take
your time here and pour into corners. Lift bread at corners a little to get into bottom quicker if you want.)
Place loaf pan on some paper towel in case of overflow. Cover top of loaf with parchment paper and wrap top tightly with aluminum foil. Place in refrigerator and allow to sit overnight.
Heat oven to 325º F. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until internal temperature in center of loaf is 160 degrees. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Place a plate on top of loaf pan and invert to remove from pan. Cut into 7 slices and serve
And remember, we’ll always have Tonga Toast. Or will we… (cue menacing music here).
Happy Eating, Friends
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