Toast Hawaii, the ultimate Recipe for the 50’s Classic by the Chef

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Here comes my recipe Hawaiitoast. The still popular combination “sweet plus hearty with cheese baked on bread” comes from the German economic miracle years.

In 1955, actor and TV chef Clemens Wilmenrod, who had no cooking training at all, introduced the fast snack to German TV viewers. There were only 3 channels 😉

Why Hawaii? Until the 50s Hawaii was the main producer of canned pineapples (Dole Food Company) and was then replaced by the Philippines and later Thailand.

Accordingly, Mr. Wilmenrod should have called his toast creation “Toast Philippines”.

Undisputedly, Hawaii sounds more melodic and you immediately have pictures of beautiful Hawaiian girls dancing hula in mind.

That’s a nice picture when preparing and enjoying the toast…

We both capture the thought and I send you hip-swinging into the kitchen. 

Aloha, I wish you good luck and a good appetite!

Sectional view Low Carb Bread

Gourmet enthusiasts bake the bread for this dish themselves, of course. The Low Carb Bread you will find in another recipe on this site. © Foodphotographer Thomas Sixt

1. Your Shopping List – Your Decision

What’s that supposed to mean? It’s about how you want to assemble your individual creation according to your personal taste.

1.1 Variants

In principle, the following components should be represented: Bread, Ham, Pineapple, Cheese, Cherry

Classic Evilwheat bread from discounterslow quality ham from the offer in the discountersfrom the canpackaged cheese with "non-natural" orange colour"something red" that has to eaten from the fridge
Classic Finebakery white bread freshly slicedcooked ham from the butcher of trustfresh pineapple, self slicedfine cheddar from cheese loafcocktail cherry
GourmetsFrench box white bread importeddelicacy ham from the organic farmerfinest fresh baby pineappleorganic Raclette cheese direct from SwitzerlandAmarena cherry
Gourmet Freaksbrioche or homemade breadslices of pork fillet cooked at low temperaturefresh caramelized fig, pineapple or peach, home-pickedtruffled brie or other truffle cheeseone cherry cooked in 50 years old port wine
Garden herbs bouquet

Herbs as a supplement are popular with star chefs, what tastes good and makes you happy is allowed!

1.2 Bread

Which bread should form the basis for you? It should have flat slices. Here are my suggestions for you:

  • Box white bread
  • Toast / butter toast / sandwich toast (with or without grains, gluten-free…)
  • Brioche
  • Rye bread / Gerster / Mixed bread
  • Wholemeal bread / brown bread / egg white bread / bread with nuts

1.3 Ham

Which ham or ham substitute would you like to use?

  • Cooked ham / Prague ham
  • Air-dried raw ham such as Parma ham, Serrano ham, Tyrolean ham etc.
  • Smoked ham such as Black Forest ham, salmon ham, etc.
  • Meat sausage / Lyoner
  • Smoked tofu as vegetarian ham or vegan ham

Important note: Always cover the ham with cheese and pineapple. This will prevent the formation of the harmful acrylamide!

Rich offer in the market hall

Spanish Serrano ham is a great idea for a baked masterpiece.

1.4 Pineapple

The pineapple, the beautiful bromeliad fruit… Which pineapple or other fruit would you like on your personal toast?

  • Fresh pineapple like the cayenne pineapple
  • Baby pineapple
  • Tinned pineapple in slices and the 50’s greet with greetings
  • Mango / Peach for a Karlovy Vary cut
  • Apple / Pear

Insider tip:
Before you put the fruits in the cheese hiding place, you can sprinkle them with a little brown sugar and caramelise them with the Crème Brûlée burner.

Gourmets place the fruits briefly in a hot pan with foamed butter, sprinkled with sugar and then flambé with rum.

Caramelise strawberries

You can tastefully pre-treat different fruits and create an extraordinary taste experience under the cheese hood.

1.5 Cheese

The spirits also differ when it comes to cheese. How should your cheese be: mild, salty, creamy, spicy? A few suggestions for you:

  • Cheddar, here are some great originals or industrialized goods
  • Processed cheese individually wrapped in foil – very evil
  • Semi-hard cheese or hard cheese such as Pecorino or Manchego
  • Mozarella
  • Mountain cheese or cave cheese
  • Cheese with blue mould
Caramelise goat cheese slices with sugar and cream Brulee Brenner.

Goat cheese is also an option. Gratinating takes place in the pan and the oven remains cold.

1.6 Decoration

Your fruity decoration may be rich in contrast. Usually “red” is very popular.

  • Cocktail cherry / Amarena cherry / pickled cherry
  • Cranberries / cowberries / red jam
  • Raspberries / Currants / Blackberries
  • Fig
Pickled red wine pear

Toasted brioche, salted butter, Serrano ham, red wine pear and caramelized goat’s cheese make a further pleasure that your guests will surely enjoy!

2. For Copying and Testing…

That’s what the German chefs and German TV chefs known today do:

Tim Mälzer prefers to prepare his toast with black bread, Serrano ham, pineapple and Manchego cheese.

Johann Lafer likes toast with American toast bread, German ham, pineapple and Allgäu mountain cheese.

Frank Rosin loves it classic and perfectly prepared with toasted bread, juicy ham, roasted pineapple and a strong cheddar.

Alexander Herrmann assembles his toast from tramezzini bread, cooked ham, baby pineapple, onion and grated Emmental cheese.

If you want to be creative to the power of 3, use great herbs, butter, garlic, cayenne pepper… You can also put sliced boiled eggs or fried eggs on toast.

As a vegetarian, you’ll be scratching your hooves to ask for avocado cream or avocado. Cucumber, Mediterranean vegetables (fried eggplant slices, grilled zucchini) and tomato (previously caramelized, melted, hmmmm…) are always a hit.  But then you deviate strongly from the classic version. But, it is YOUR toast!

The night is young and so are we – Dreams come true with toast Hawaii 😉

Toast Hawaii with cheese

Baked toast Art Hawaii with cheese

3. This Way to the Recipe

Now quickly put on the flower chain, it follows my instructions for you with ingredients and quantities. Have fun preparing and baking. I am looking forward to your questions and comments…

klassischer hawaiitoast
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5 from 13 votes
Toast Hawaii Recipe
German economic miracle toast à la Hawaii quick and delicious to prepare. Many chef tips for preparation by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American Recipes, German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 555kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 8 pc toast breadslices I like to use toast or brioche or gluten-free toast
  • 50 g Butter
  • 8 slices cooked ham
  • 1 pc big pineapple
  • 8 slices Cheddar
  • 8 pc cocktail cherries or cranberries
  • Preheat the oven to 200° C at grill level. Cover a baking tray with paper and make ready.Roast the toast slices in the toaster. Then spread with butter while still hot.Alternatively, you can fry the bread in butter in the pan.
    bebuttertet Toast
  • Cover the buttered toast with the boiled ham.IMPORTANT: Keep the ham away from the edge of the toast. Do not fry the ham uncovered in the oven.
    Toast mit Schinken
  • Cut the pineapple top and bottom with a large sharp knife. Then place the fruit vertically, hold firmly and cut off the skin sufficiently thick in a light curve.
    Ananas schälen
  • Variant 1: Pineapple ringsPlace the pineapple horizontally on the chopping board and cut down slices about 0.5 cm thick. Use a metal ring to cut the core out of the individual slices and remove.
  • Cover the ham toast with a slice of pineapple.Gourmet tip: Fry the pineapple quarters in butter and caramelise them with sugar.
    Ananasring auf Schinkentoast
  • Variation 2: Fine pineapple cornersHere the pineapple is cut a little finer. Place the fruit body horizontally on the board and cut through. Put half of the fruit back upright and quarter.
    Fruchtkörper frischer Ananas geviertelt
  • Remove the woody fruit kernel from the pineapple quarters. Cut fine slices from the quartered fruit.
    Ananasecken schneiden
  • Cover the roasted and buttered toast with boiled ham and fine pineapple slices.Gourmet tip: Briefly fry the pineapple quarters in butter and caramelise them with sugar.
    Ananas auf Schinkentoast
  • Now the ham and pineapple toast can be covered with cheese slices. No ham should come out!
    Toast mit Käse
  • Remove the toast from the oven after about 10 minutes.
    Überbackener Ananas-Schinken-Toast
  • Decoration: Serve the Hawaiitoast with a cocktail cherry.Enjoy your meal!
    klassischer hawaiitoast
The ideal temperature for gratinating is 200°C. I only gratinate the cheese for a short time, so the cheese tastes better and does not separate.

4. Calories and Nutritional Values at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Toast Hawaii Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 670mg29%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 13g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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