Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Crystal Palace: Puffed French Toast Recipe (and Video)

 Yum, Yum, Yum! If you've ever eaten at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom then you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's sort of a cross between French Toast and a Doughnut/Fritter (depending on what part of the country you are from). It's very easy to make and a wonderful way to bring a little Disney Magic to the breakfast table. Enjoy!

The Crystal Palace: Puffed French Toast Recipe
Serves 8


2 whole eggs
2  1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
2 cups  all-purpose flour
1  1/2 tablespoons baking powder
8 slices Texas Toast (or other thick-sliced bread), cut in half diagonally
oil for frying
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Optional toppings: powdered sugar, maple syrup, fresh fruit, fruit preserves, whipped cream


   First, pour the 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon into a shallow glass dish. Stir well and set aside.

   Next, cut each slice of bread diagonally into two triangles (making a total of 16 triangles).

   In a large bowl, mix eggs, remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, vanilla and milk with whisk until well blended. Slowly add the flour, salt and baking powder and stir until lumps are gone and batter is smooth. It will be appear similar to pancake batter.

   Heat 1-inch of cooking oil in a deep frying pan. Test the oil by dropping a tiny bit of batter into it, if it begins sizzling it is ready.

  Now, before you begin you may want to form an assembly line (that's what I do) to make it easier. Here is the order: the plate of bread slices and batter on one side of the stove, near the frying pan. Then on the other side of the pan (for after frying) place an empty plate with a layer of paper towels, the dish of cinnamon sugar, and another plate for serving.

   Take a bread triangle and dip it into the batter, turning to coating both sides. Then carefully drop it into the hot oil. (Please be warned! This cooks extremely fast. Do not step away from it or it will burn.) Using kitchen tongs, flip the bread over as soon as it puffs and turns golden-brown. Once the other side has cooked, remove it with your tongs and place it on the empty plate with paper towels to let it soak up any excess oil. Then quickly move it on over to the dish of cinnamon sugar and roll it or sprinkle with your hands until completely coated. Now move it to the servinge dish/plate. Repeat for all slices of bread.

   Once all bread has been fried, sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve on individual plates and top with warm maple syrup, fresh fruit or preserves and whipped cream.

I hope you've enjoyed today's recipe. Have a Magical Breakfast!!

UPDATE!! You can now watch the video featuring this recipe on The Disney Diner's YouTube Channel. Click below to watch:

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  2. Although this isn't EXACTLY like the french toast at Crystal Palace, it's the closest you'll ever get. This recipe is incredible! Also, as of about 5 years ago I could get this french toast at Boatwrights restaurant at Port Orleans. You rock!

  3. Could you also stuff these with cream cheese filling after frying?

    1. Yes, that's sounds delish! Now I'm thinking about strawberry preserves, apple pie filling...

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  5. Those both sound yummy Thanks!!!!!

  6. Ive tried this with my kids and it was a big hit very yummy thaanks