One of my favorite breakfast treats (one I never experienced on the Islands) is Toast Hawaii or Hawaii Toast. Easy to prepare and delicious this savory dish is a real people pleaser! So perhaps this Christmas or New Year’s morning, why not skip the Cinnabon’s (gag), Tea & Toast (boring), or eggs & bacon (ho hum) and try some Toast Hawaii!
That scrumptious picture at top comes from friends, Leslie & Michael, who were enjoying this delicacy at the Café Konditorei-Hotel Goldinger, Landstuhl Germany, which is where I first enjoyed the treat. Oh, did I forget to mention: oddly enough Toast Hawaii is a German recipe!
Like anyone looking for a recipe or instructions, I headed to that fountain of wisdom and knowledge for all things in the universe…google search (or is that youtube now, I forget?) Anyway, below is one of the best recipes I found for this delicious concoction. It is by Frau Angela from her website https://alltastesgerman.com/. She has many wonderful German recipes, but here’s the direct link to Angela’s Toast Hawaii with its history and more HERE:
- 4 slices bread
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 8 slices ham
- 4 slices pineapple rings
- 4 slices cheese
- 4 Maraschino cherries
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the meantime, toast bread slightly and drain pineapple rings.
- Butter the cooled down toast and place it butter-side up onto the baking sheet.
- Top each toast with two slices of ham, a pineapple ring and one slice of cheese.
- Bake for about 10 min. or until the cheese is melted and slightly brown.
- Remove from oven place a Maraschino cherry in the middle of each toast and serve immediately.
I hope like me you will love Toast Hawaii and make it a favorite when the occasion calls for a special treat. Now just how popular is Toast Hawaii or Hawaii Toast in Germany? Well actually very popular. It even has its own song:
“He who keeps the friendship of a prince, wins honors. But he who keeps that of a cook, wins food”Keeper of The Keys, 1932, Chapter 10
“Mele Kalikimaka e Hauoli Makahiki Hou” & “Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr”