‘Ohana Breakfast Bread

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by Amber on May 18, 2011

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Disney enthusiast, or as my friend Amanda Tinney says, I’m simply a “Disney Peep”.

One of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World is located at the Polynesian Resort, or as us Disney veterans refer to it as, “The Poly”. The Polynesian was created to pay homage to all the beauty that Hawaii has to offer. It’s verdant green gardens and waterfalls throughout the resort can really make you feel like you’re on an island somewhere in the Pacific.

James’s and my very favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch. Lilo and Stitch is a film set in Hawaii, about a little misunderstood Hawaiian girl and her pet alien. If you loved How to Train Your Dragon, you’d probably love Lilo and Stitch too. It’s written by the same pair of hilarious writers, writers that the Disney Studios foolishly let go.

The major theme throughout Lilo and Stitch is the Hawaiian idea of “Ohana”. To take the line from the movie, “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.”

When the Polynesian was in need of a new restaurant, Ohana was the perfect name and idea. You’re greeted by castmembers who immediately refer to you as “cousin” (another Hawaiian custom). All the fabulous food is served family style, and boy oh boy is it fantastic stuff.

Fire grilled pork, prawns and steak are brought to your table churrascaria style. You’re served salad with a pineapple soy vinaigrette, and really fantastic vegetable stir fried noodles (they’re my favorite!).

But the star of this show, as far as I’m concerned, is the Ohana Breakfast Bread. It’s served at the morning meals, and then later in the day is turned into the dessert for the dinner meals and includes a bananas foster sauce and freshly made vanilla ice cream. I kid you not, it is the best dessert I have ever eaten. I literally bounce in my seat the entire meal waiting for dessert to assail the table.

This perfectly yeasty sweet bread is somewhere between a yeast roll and a biscuit. Coconut and pineapple are enveloped in the bread entirely, and become a fantastic surprise to bite into.

I’m normally quite intimidated by yeast breads, but I promise you this one is really simple. Go grab a pineapple and some coconut, and let’s get to baking some bread!

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