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Cooking Up The Magic – Disney Parks – Tonga Toast

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Cooking Up The Magic – Disney Parks – Tonga Toast

Do you have a Sweet Tooth? Do you love French Toast? How about Banannas? If you said yes to any of those three questions then you will love Tonga Toast. You can enjoy this mouth watering delight at Kona Cafe or Captain Cooks at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. So the next time you can visit Walt Disney World be sure to stop over at the Poly to get your fix. But until then please enjoy the recipe below that was released from the Disney Parks Blog #DisneyMagicMoments Cooking Up The Magic From Home Series.   

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe!

Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 
Serves 4 

Ingredients: 

Sugar-Cinnamon 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Batter 

  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 

Tonga Toast 

  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying 
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread (uncut, 12 inches long) 
  • 2 large bananas, peeled 

Directions: 

For Sugar-Cinnamon: 

Mix sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl (large enough to roll toast) with a fork until thoroughly blended.  Set aside. 

For Batter: 

Whip eggs in medium bowl (large enough to dip toast) until well beaten. Add milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.   

For Tonga Toast: 

  1. Using caution, preheat oil to 350°F in a large pot or a deep fryer. (If using a large pot, use a candy thermometer to make certain the oil does not get any hotter or it will burn.) 
  2. Slice the bread into four three-inch-thick slices. 
  3. Cut each banana in half crosswise, then each piece lengthwise. 
  4. Place a bread slice flat on the counter and tear out just enough from the middle (do not tear all the way through) to stuff half a banana into; repeat with each bread slice. 
  5. Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides, allowing excess batter to drip off bread and place carefully into hot oil. 
  6. Cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. If needed, turn toast over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes on other side. Remove and drain excess oil. 
  7. Roll toast in cinnamon-sugar. Repeat for each piece of toast. 

Keep checking back on the Disney Parks Blog for more #DisneyMagicMoments that include delicious Disney recipes. And be sure to share the magic with other Disney fans using the hashtag #DisneyMagicMoments. Happy cooking! 

So please enjoy the recipe and until you are ready to get back to enjoying life again be sure to have some Tonga Toast from home. I am also here when you are ready to book your next adventure. So until then stay healthy everyone.

Written by Dawn Caitano Dawn creates lasting memories by planning your customized vacations all over the world. All at no cost to you it’s like having your very own Fairy Godmother. Traveling is her passion! Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  So call Dawn today to start your next Adventure. Book your next vacation with Dawn at 917-494-5771 or dawn@pixiedustanddreamvacations.com

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Cooking Up The Magic – Disney Parks – Canadian Cheddar

Cheese Soup

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier Steakhouse at EPCOT

As part of the Disney Parks Blog new series #DisneyMagicMoments here is the latest from Cooking Up The Magic at Home. We all love this Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier Steakhouse. Since they made LeCellier a Signature Dining Experience a few years ago reservations are a little easier to come by. But keep in mind that Le Cellier is a fan favorite and it is also on the smaller size which makes securing a reservation in advance a must. So be sure to book 180 days in advance. Disney Dining Reservations can be made from your My Disney Experience App at 6:00am at the 180 day mark or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. If you book your package with me I can also take care of booking your Disney Dining Reservations for you as part of my FREE Services to you. So enjoy the Recipe Below from the Disney Parks Blog.

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe !

Serves 10

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
1 pound white cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup warm Canadian golden lager or any pale lager-style beer
Chopped scallions or chives, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon, stirring, over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. 
  2. Add red onion, celery, and butter and sauté until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes over medium heat.  Whisk in chicken stock and bring to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add milk and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil after milk is added.
  5. Remove from heat and add cheese, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Blend with immersion blender until cheese is melted and soup is smooth. Stir in warm beer.  If the soup is too thick, thin with some warm milk.
  6. Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped scallions or chives.

From our Disney family to yours, we hope you enjoy this popular Disney recipe! And be sure to share the fun with Disney fans all over the world using the hashtag #DisneyMagicMoments. Keep checking back to the Disney Parks Blog for even more #DisneyMagicMoments and more magical recipes. Happy snacking, Disney fans!

I hope you are all enjoying #DisneyMagicMoments and all of the great Recipes being offered during this time we are social distancing. What a great way to enjoy a little taste of the Magic from Home. 

Written by Dawn Caitano Dawn creates lasting memories by planning your customized vacations all over the world. All at no cost to you it’s like having your very own Fairy Godmother. Traveling is her passion! Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  So call Dawn today to start your next Adventure. Book your next vacation with Dawn at 917-494-5771 or dawn@pixiedustanddreamvacations.com

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Wishing everyone a very happy Star Wars Day – MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU ALL! As Disney Fans know so well that May 4th is considered #StarWarsDay. Since we can not visit the Disney Parks to enjoy Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge check out what you can do there when we get back to a new normal. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Landing Page.  But until we can enjoy the Disney Parks and our next visit to Galaxy’s Edge here are a few fun things for the family to enjoy from home. Do your part by social distancing and make the best of spending quality time with your imediate familes and enjoy.  

Here are a few things you can enjoy Star Wars Related with your family from home. 

  • Have the kids build their favorite Star Wars Lego Sets 

So be sure to make the most of your #StarWarsDay and MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU ALL!  Stay safe everyone and make the best of our current situation. #StarWarsDay, #Maythe4thbewithyou

Written by Dawn Caitano Dawn creates lasting memories by planning your customized vacations all over the world. All at no cost to you it’s like having your very own Fairy Godmother. Traveling is her passion! Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  So call Dawn today to start your next Adventure. Book your next vacation with Dawn at 917-494-5771 or dawn@pixiedustanddreamvacations.com

 

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Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Have you had a chance to visit Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? If not it is a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat. Some of the favorites are the Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Totchos (Think of loaded tater tots) a great side dish add on to any sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box. Also do not forget to get your adult beverage too like the grown-up’s lemonade is a great choice too.

Below check out the Recipe from #DisneyMagicMoments, Cooking Up The Magic!

While we can’t visit Andy’s backyard right now, this recipe is just one more great way to create #DisneyMagicMoments in your own backyard (or kitchen).

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Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich from Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Serves 4

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe!

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Double Gloucester or cheddar 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Garlic Spread

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich

  • 8 slices of artisan bread
  • 8 cheddar cheese slices
  • 8 provolone slices

Instructions:

For Cream Cheese Spread:

  1. Combine cream cheese, Double Gloucester or cheddar, heavy cream, and salt in food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

For Garlic Spread:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, garlic, and salt in small bowl and stir until blended. Set aside.

For Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich:

  1. Lay out artisan bread slices on parchment paper or large cutting board.
  2. Place 2 slices of cheddar on 4 of the bread slices. Place 2 slices of provolone on remaining bread slices. 
  3. Equally spoon cream cheese spread on slices with provolone. Gently smooth cream cheese spread over each slice.
  4. Press cheddar side and provolone side together.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot. 
  6. Brush both sides of the sandwiches with garlic spread. 
  7. Grill sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. 

So until you get the chance to visit Woody’s Backyard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios be sure to print and enjoy this grilled cheese sandwich with your family. You can never go wrong with the perfect grilled cheese. 

Written by Dawn Caitano Dawn creates lasting memories by planning your customized vacations all over the world. All at no cost to you it’s like having your very own Fairy Godmother. Traveling is her passion! Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  So call Dawn today to start your next Adventure. Book your next vacation with Dawn at 917-494-5771 or dawn@pixiedustanddreamvacations.com

 

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Cooking up the Magic – Diseny Parks – Churro Bites

Now that the World is experiencing a global pandemic vacation plans had to be cancelled, put on hold or rescheduled. Disney did something new and added something called Disney Magic Moments to their Disney Parks Blog.  Disney calls it a daily dose of pixiedust. I call it a virtual dream come true. My favorte category is their Cooking Up The Magic.

Gather your immediate family while you are social distancing and start baking. Yes Disney has been releasing some of their fan favorite recipies to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Today I am sharing one of Disney’s classic snack options, Chrurro Bites.

Posted from the Disney Parks Blog #DisneyMagicMoments! 

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Disney Parks Churro Bites

Click here for a print-at-home version of this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring pot to rolling boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5-7 min.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
  5. Using caution, heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
  6. Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry. 
  7. Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
  8. Drain churro bites on paper towel.
  9. Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the recipe from Disney’s Cooking Up The Magic at Home section from #DisneyMagicMoments. I can not wait to try them at home. Looking forward to when we can be back enjoying the Disney Parks. At least we can get a little tase of the Magic from home until then.  

PS Don’t forget you can print out the recipe by clicking the link above. 

Written by Dawn Caitano Dawn creates lasting memories by planning your customized vacations all over the world. All at no cost to you it’s like having your very own Fairy Godmother. Traveling is her passion! Passing that magic on to your family is what fuels that passion!  So call Dawn today to start your next Adventure. Book your next vacation with Dawn at 917-494-5771 or dawn@pixiedustanddreamvacations.com

 

 

 

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Disney just released the recipe for one of its most famous snacks, the DOLE Whip®!  We all know what happens when your visiting the Magic Kingdom on a hot summer day, your hot and thirsty and need something refreshing to get you through the heat and humidity. So you head on over to Aloha Isle to quench your thirst with a refreshing DOLE Whip®. I personally enjoy one of the Floats over the Cup.

Hot Tip: no matter what option you choose be sure to finish it fast as it will melt quickly. 

Check out the Recipe below

Photo courtesy of Jones Family Travels

DOLEWhip® (Single Serving)

  • 1 big scoop of ice cream
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of frozen pineapple
  • Add all ingredients to a blender until it’s a thick drink.
  • Add your swirl and then you’re done. 

Hot Tip: If you have an Ice Cream maker then toss those ingredients in to get a better frozen texture and enjoy.

When we are finally allowed back into the gates of Walt Disney World make sure to head on over to Adventureland and get a Tropcial treat at Aloha Isle. Check out the current menu (prices and items are subject to change). Until then why not try the recipe above to hold you over. 

Aloha Isle Menu

DOLE Whip® Soft-serve with souvenir Tiki Bowl-$9.99

Served with choice of DOLE Whip® Pineapple, Vanilla, or Swirl

Kakamora Float-$6.99

Coconut Soft-serve on top of Pineapple Juice and Blue Curaçao Syrup garnished with a Chocolate Kakamora Cake Pop

Raspberry Swirl Float – $5.99

Raspberry-Pineapple Swirl DOLE Whip® served with Pineapple Juice 

Raspberry Swirl Cup – $4.99
Raspberry-Pineapple Swirl DOLE Whip®

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – $6.99

served with a choice of Pineapple DOLE Whip®, Vanilla DOLE Whip® or Swirl

Pineapple Float – $5.99
DOLE® Pineapple Juice served with a choice of Pineapple DOLE Whip®, Vanilla DOLE Whip® or Swirl
 
Pineapple DOLE Whip® Cup – $4.99
choice of Pineapple DOLE Whip®, Vanilla DOLE Whip® or Swirl

 

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Recipe for Jack-Jack’s Cookie Num Nums

Now that we have plenty of time on our hands why not try out a fun cookie recipe inspired by Disney’s Incredibles. Here is a Recipe for the famous Num Num Cookies that Jack Loves.

You can also find them at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park in Pixar Pier.   

When visiting Disneyland you can venture out to Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park to Pixar Pier. Either before or after a ride on the Incredicoaster, stop at the Jack-Jack Num Nums Cookie Kiosk and you can enjoy a warm Jack-Jack Num Num Cookie. The Num Num Cookie is pretty large so you can probably share it too. Alos be sure to try one of the other two cookie options at this kiosk. The Incredicookie (Gluten Friendly) and the Jack-Jack Shortbread Cookie. Don’t forget to add a nice cold glass of Milk to finsih off your filling sweet treat. Click here to learn more about Disneyland’s California Adventure Theme Park and what adventures await. 

Menu from jack-jack cookie num nums kiosk

Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num

warm Chocolate Chip Cookie – $6.00

The IncrediCookie

Gluten-friendly Blackberry Jam-filled Cookie – $6.00

 

Jack-Jack Shortbread Cookie

Brittany Shortbread Cookie – $6.00

 

Nestlé® NESQUIK® Chocolate Milk, Vanilla Almond Milk, soy milk, 1% milk for $2.25 and Dasani Bottled Water for $4.25
So be sure to try out Jack-Jacks Cookie Num Nums recipe to enjoy at home. Or if you would like to enjoy the real thing and take a future trip to the Disneyland Resort in California contact me for a no obligation quote. Click the button below. 
   

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