Toast Hawaii Recipe from German Chef

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Here comes my German Toast Hawaii Recipe

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!

1. Recipe German Toast Hawaii

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…

Toast Hawaii

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 555
Total Time 20 Min.
Preparation Time 10 Min.
Cook Time 10 Min.

Simple tutorial on how to prepare toast hawaii.

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classic hawaiian toast
Toast Hawaii Recipe Image © 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)


buttered toast
Melted butter toast

Prepare toast

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.

Toast with ham
Buttered toast topped with boiled ham

Put ham

Cover the buttered toast with the boiled ham.


Keep the ham away from the edge of the toast.

Do not fry the ham uncovered in the oven.

Peel the pineapple
Peeled pineapple

Peel pineapple

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.

Pineapple slices
Slice fresh pineapple and cut out the core

Variant 1

Variant 1 Pineapple rings:

Place 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.

Pineapple ring on ham toast
Toast with ham and a slice of fresh pineapple

Supplement pineapple

Cover the ham toast with a slice of pineapple.

Gourmet tip:
Fry the pineapple quarters in butter and caramelise them with sugar.

Fruit bodies of fresh pineapple quartered
Quarter the fruiting body of the fresh pineapple

Variant 2

Variation 2 Fine pineapple corners:

Here 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.

Cut the pineapple corners
Cut the pineapple into fine slices

Cut slices

Remove the woody fruit kernel from the pineapple quarters.

Cut fine slices from the quartered fruit.

Pineapple on ham toast
Pineapple slices very finely cut on toast with boiled ham

Put on pineapple slices

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.

Toast with cheese
Toast with ham. Pineapple and cheese toppings

Put on cheese

Now the ham and pineapple toast can be covered with cheese slices.

No ham should come out!

Baked pineapple and ham toast
Fine toast baked with cheese with pineapple and boiled ham from the. oven

Toast gratin

Remove the toast from the oven after about 10 minutes.

classic hawaiian toast
Toast Hawaii, an evergreen in German cuisine



Serve the Hawaiitoast with a cocktail cherry.

Enjoy your meal!



2. Nutritional information and Calories

3. Shopping List for Toast Hawaii

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

3.1 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
Herbs as a supplement are popular with star chefs, what tastes good and makes you happy is allowed!

3.2 Bread

Which bread should form the basis for you? It should have flat slices.

Here are my suggestions for you:

3.3 Ham

Which ham or ham substitute would you like to use?

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

Tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Spanish Serrano ham is a great idea for a baked masterpiece.

3.4 Pineapple

The pineapple, the beautiful bromeliad fruit…

Which pineapple or other fruit would you like on your personal toast?

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.

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

3.5 Cheese

The spirits also differ when it comes to cheese.

How should your cheese be: mild, salty, creamy, spicy?

A few suggestions for you:

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

3.6 Decoration

Your fruity decoration may be rich in contrast.

Usually “red” is very popular:

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

4. How Famous German Chefs Cook the Toast Hawaii Today

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 😉

Says Chef Thomas Sixt
Baked toast Art Hawaii with cheese

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