This Coconut Milk French Toast gets a tropical twist and is topped with sweet caramelized pineapple. This recipe can easily be made gluten- and/or dairy-free.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was in Maui a few weeks ago.
It was a little for work, a little for pleasure, and a whole lot incredible.
I loved every minute of my time in Maui, and I am working on bringing you a very detailed Maui Travel Guide post soon.
We stayed at the amazing Destination Residences properties (Ekahi Village and Wailea Beach Villas). When I travel, I almost always prefer to stay at a condo/residential property opposed to a hotel. It feels more organic to me. I loved spending my nights enjoying the cool Maui breeze on the patio or balcony, lounging on the couch with a good book, being able to do laundry (!), and, of course, having my own fully functional kitchen.
I love to cook (Captain Obvious over here, right?), and that doesn’t stop when I travel. Our second stop in Maui was to a local farmer’s market, where I found some of the most gorgeous fresh fruit and vegetables.
I think more and more people enjoy this way of traveling, and having the freedom and flexibility to cook in your own kitchen on vacation. I know this is especially true of people with families.
So thinking of this, and being inspired by Maui’s fresh produce (hello, pineapples!) I decided to put together a surpiringly easy but completely delicious breakfast or brunch: Coconut Milk French Toast with Caramelized Pineapple.
I mean, come on, right?
Caramelized pineapple was something we used to do often when I worked on the Pastry team at San Diego’s largest hotel.
You simply coat each side of a pineapple slice in cane sugar and place it in a pan of sizzling hot butter (or coconut oil, for dairy-free). With a little patience and some magic, the pineapple begins to caramelize, become golden, and create a complex, fruity caramel sauce in the process….