My nana passed this breakfast bake recipe to me, and I've never stopped making it

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Indulge in the tropical flavors of paradise with this Hawaiian French Toast Bake, a luscious and easy-to-prepare breakfast dish that's sure to transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of Hawaii. Made with sweet and fluffy Hawaiian rolls, enriched with a custard-like mixture of eggs, milk, and exotic coconut, this recipe is a delightful twist on traditional French toast. The added sweetness of crushed pineapple and optional mango and coconut elevates it to a new level of deliciousness, while a homemade crumble topping adds a satisfying crunch.
For an utterly delightful experience, serve this Hawaiian French Toast Bake warm, fresh out of the oven. It pairs beautifully with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar to enhance its sweetness. Adding a side of fresh tropical fruits like sliced bananas, kiwi, or additional pineapple can amplify the island vibe. If you're feeling indulgent, a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can turn this breakfast dish into a decadent dessert. It's the perfect centerpiece for a weekend brunch or a special family breakfast, bringing a taste of Hawaiian luxury to your table.
Hawaiian French Toast Bake
1 pack (12-16 count) Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, cubed
6 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup diced mango (optional)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
For topping (optional): 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts or almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Mix eggs, whole milk, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pineapple, mango, and coconut in a bowl. Add cubed rolls and let soak for 10 minutes.
3. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
4. Make Topping (optional): Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Blend in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over French toast mix.
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden and set.
Serve warm with optional toppings like powdered sugar or syrup.
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