Stuffed Hawaiian Roll French Toast is a sweet and decadent treat that makes breakfast spectacular or can be served as a wonderful dessert!
Why We Love Hawaiian Sweet Roll French Toast
- French toast is the perfect breakfast (or dinner, no judgment) because everyone loves it! When you make French toast with Hawaiian rolls though, it’s a whole other delicious ballpark!
- Hawaiian roll stuffed French toast is sweet and lightly toasted outside with a creamy, sweet strawberry and cream cheese filling that the whole family will rave about! And you can even change up the flavor if strawberries aren’t your jam.
- Whipping up the cream cheese filling takes only minutes and making French toast is really easy to make from start to finish. It’s simple and 100% worth the time to treat yourself in the morning.
- Stuffed Hawaiian French toast is great for feeding a crowd and is easy to keep warm so making enough for brunch or a holiday breakfast is a breeze!
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Hawaiian Roll Stuffed French Toast
FRENCH TOAST MIX: To make the egg mix you will need a few large eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt.
FILLING: Sweet and creamy, you will need cream cheese, strawberry preserves, and powdered sugar to make the filling.
ROLLS: Pick up a package or two, depending on how many are in each package, of Kings Hawaiian Rolls. These fluffy and lightly sweet rolls are perfect for this recipe.
EXTRA: You will also need butter for greasing the skillet and a piping bag or ziplock bag to pipe the filling into the rolls.
How to Make French Toast with Hawaiian RollsJump to Recipe
STEP 1 In a separate bowl with beaters or using a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and strawberry preserves and mix. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Scoop the filling into a piping bag or a zip lock bag with a corner cut out and set aside.
STEP 2 Whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside.
STEP 3 Use a paring knife to cut a small slit into the bottom of each roll. Then pipe the filling into the slit, being careful to not overfill. Wipe away any excess that comes out. Repeat with all the rolls.
STEP 4 Place a large skillet over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Working with six rolls at a time, dip each roll into the egg mixture, covering all sides. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Repeat with the remaining butter using 1 tablespoon of butter per batch.
STEP 5 Serve the French toast stuffed Hawaiian rolls immediately with a little powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Tips & Tricks
- When making a slit in the rolls, be careful not to pierce through to the top. A small slit is all you need to pipe in the filling.
- A piping bag with a medium tip makes stuffing the French toast easy, but using a ziplock bag is easy too! Place the filling into a ziplock bag, seal the bag, and then cut off one of the corners so that you can squeeze the filling out.
- Not a fan of strawberry preserves? Choose your favorite fruit preserves, like raspberry or blackberry, to use instead.
- Since it’s best to make these rolls in batches a great way to keep the cooked rolls warm is to set your oven to its lowest temperature. Then place a baking sheet in the oven and put the cooked rolls on the baking sheet to keep warm until you are ready to serve the crowd.
- Leftover rolls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the rolls in the oven on a baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
French Toast Hawaiian Rolls FAQ
What is the best bread for French toast?
Some breads are better than others when it comes to really great French toast. A sturdy but soft bread is ideal because it can handle being soaked in a custard mix without falling apart and is still soft enough to enjoy. Breads like this include Brioche, Challah, and even French bread, according to some. Many people also enjoy French toast made with Texas Toast, because of the thickness.
Whatever you make your French toast with the key is usually not to soak your bread too long in the egg mix, especially if you are using thinner bread.
What is the difference between dinner rolls and Hawaiian rolls?
The difference between dinner rolls and Hawaiian rolls lies both in taste and the ingredients used to make them. Dinner rolls, a yeasted bread with a light and airy texture, have a simple buttery flavor that compliments most meals well.
The key difference found in Hawaiian rolls is the sweetness. These rolls taste lightly sweet, unlike most other breads, thanks to the addition of pineapple juice and brown sugar, and are perfect in sweet dishes, like stuffed french toast, and in savory applications like sliders!
What is stuffed French toast made of?
Stuffed French toast is a decadent twist on traditional French toast! The stuffing, or filling, typically consists of sweetened cream cheese as the base. Many recipes add chopped or sliced fresh fruit to the cream cheese or fruit preserves. The addition of fruit is a great way to change up the flavor of your French toast and either serve a variety of flavors at breakfast or a new flavor each time you make stuffed French toast!
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- Maple Bacon Monkey Bread
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- Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
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Stuffed Hawaiian Roll French Toast
Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and strawberry preserves with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix to combine.
- Transfer the strawberry filling to a piping bag and set aside.
- In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- Use a paring knife to cut a slit in the bottom of each Hawaiian roll. Insert the tip of the piping bag into the slit and squeeze the strawberry filling into the roll. Wipe off any excess filling that may come out. Repeat until all the rolls are filled.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan. Dip six of the filled rolls into the egg custard mixture, coating all sides.
- Cook the rolls for 45 seconds to 1 minute per side, turning the rolls until all sides are cooked. Remove from the pan and place the rolls bottom side down on a plate. (see note) Repeat with the remaining rolls, using 1 TBSP of butter per batch.
- Serve warm with powdered sugar and maple syrup, if desired.
- If you don’t have a piping bag, a ziploc bag with a corner cut off will work just fine.
- You don’t have to stuff the french toast. You can skip those steps and use this recipe to make regular Hawaiian Roll French Toast.
- Set your oven to its lowest setting and place the toasted rolls on a baking sheet in the oven while you cook the rest of the rolls to keep them warm.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree F oven for 8-10 minutes.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.