Breakfast, Food, Hawaiian, Holidays

Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast Casserole

We ALWAYS have King Hawaiian Sweet Bread hanging around our house.  I buy them, place them on top of the microwave and everyone constantly goes back to the bag for a snack  I love sweet bread and have even attempted making it at home a couple of times (see here and here for those stories) but it is never as good as the Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread.


For some reason, last time I bought them, the package ended up behind the microwave and no one had a chance to go in and get one.  By the time I found them, they were a little dry.  No worries though!  Slightly dated bread makes the best French toast.  


During the holidays, I often use the whole loaves of Kings Hawaiian sweet bread to make French toast.  Since I had these rolls to use up, I thought I would make a French Toast Casserole.  Not only would it be quicker than the individual French toasts, it would be a perfect test run for our Christmas Eve brunch.  


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If you have never made French Toast casserole, believe me….it will change your life.  You will never go back to the old way again.  The flavors are the same, the texture is the same..the only thing really different is the presentation–which doesn’t really matter, once you slather it in syrup and berries…now, does it?  


I topped this with a sweet crunchy crumble so they really didn’t need much extra syrup.  We did love the addition of raspberries to kind of tone down the sweetness.  Use whatever your family loves….raspberries, blueberries, blackberries–anything you heart desires!

Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast Casserole
For the Casserole:
  • 1 package Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Topping:
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted butter, cold and cut into 6 pieces
  • ½ cup dry oats
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds
For the Casserole:
  1. You can either make this ahead the night before or a few hours earlier. I made the casserole the night ahead and let the bread soak overnight before baking. If you don't have time to soak it overnight, give it at least an hour.
  2. 1) Butter a casserole dish (9x9) and begin tearing the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls into small pieces.
  3. 2) Drop those in the dish, careful to make sure all areas are covered.
  4. 3) In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour evenly over the lovely bread pieces.
  5. 4) Set aside in the refrigerator overnight or for at least one hour.
When you are ready to bake:
  1. 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2) Mix together the crumble topping by adding the butter, oats, flour , sugar and cinnamon in a food processor and process until it resembles coarse sand.
  3. 3) Sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
  4. 4) Sprinkle the sliced or slivered almonds on top of the entire thing.
  5. 5) Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes.
  6. 6) Serve warm with maple syrup, butter and fresh berries.



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