The PB & J Shake from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe in the Hollywood Studios is a super-simple Disney recipe… and delicious too!  Did you know that you can order anything from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe menu from the bar at the Tune In Lounge next door?  It is a great option if you don’t have a reservation for 50’s Prime Time or if you are in the Hollywood Studios by yourself and you don’t want to sit at a table alone.

I was recently in the Hollywood Studios with my baby girl and it was so hot I knew that only a cold treat would hit the spot.  I decided to order one of the famous PB&J milkshakes from the bar at the Tune In Lounge.  I got it in a to-go cup and it was very rich and yummy.  It wasn’t too peanut-buttery… it almost had a chocolate taste although there is no chocolate in it.

 

 

Last night I decided to recreate this shake at home and it was really easy.  It only requires four ingredients.  Milk (I used skim), Vanilla Ice Cream (I used light ice cream), Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly.

 

 
First, take 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter and 3 Tablespoons grape jelly.  Mix them together.

 

 
Then load up your blender with 3 cups of vanilla ice cream and 1/4 cup of milk.
 

 
Next, top it with your peanut butter and jelly mixture.
 
 
 
Then blend away….  and enjoy!!
 
 
Yum!
 
This shake tasted just like I the original shake at Walt Disney World.  The recipe made a generous amount for two adults (after taking that picture I split it into two glasses, and added a little bit that was left in the blender).  I am sure that Disney uses whole milk and full fat ice cream in their shake, but this lighter version with skim milk and light ice cream tasted just as rich and satisfying. 
 
Oh, and I don’t know if any 50’s Prime Time Cafe fans will notice, but take a look at the kitchen counter in the photos.  When I made this I was staying in my In-Laws’ 1950’s lake cottage and my counter tops were the exact same pattern as the tables in the 50’s Prime Time Cafe!  Their tables are grey and my counters are yellow, but it is fun for a Disney fan like myself.
 
PB & J Shake
Just like the shake at the 50's Prime Time Cafe (and Tune In Lounge)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  2. 3 Tbs. Grape Jelly
  3. 3 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  4. 1/4 Cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Mix Peanut Butter and Jelly.
  2. Place Ice Cream, Milk and Peanut Butter Mixture in a blender.
  3. Blend and enjoy!
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Let me know what you think about the shake!   Will you make this at home?  Is this Disney treat one of your favorites?

 

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One of my all-time favorite Disney foods is the Crystal Palace Puffed French Toast.  This Disney recipe really brings back memories and makes me feel like I am in the Magic Kingdom!  On my childhood trips to Walt Disney World, my family would always stop by the Crystal Palace to eat a delicious breakfast.  Back then (yes, I’m dating myself!), it was a cafeteria-style restaurant with no Characters present.   I just remember the beautiful setting, the birds flying inside the restaurant AND the super  delicious Puffed French Toast. 

The Puffed French Toast can still be found at the Crystal Palace (now a fun buffet with Winnie the Pooh and Friends), but it has now been miniturized and placed at the children’s buffet station.  But I’m not shy and have no problem eating from the kid’s table!  The french toast is still super crispy (deep fried!) and doughy and sweet with cinnamon sugar.  So wonderfully decadant! 

Here is a picture of the actual Crystal Palace Puffed French Toast in Walt Disney World.

CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast

Here is a picture of the ingredients I used…

CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast

 

Yes, that is an episode of Friends on my tv in the background. I can’t resist a good Friends repeat! 

First, I cut the bread into thick slices.  Texas Toast would be best, but my grocery store didn’t have any (or even any bakery white bread that I could cut into think slices), so I bought a loaf of Italian bread.  I knew I was using it for french toast, so I bought it from the day-old bread section since I was going to want it a bit stale anyway.  Stale bread soaks in the custard much better and won’t fall apart like fresh bread in the egg mixture.  I didn’t cut the crusts off, but it might be a good idea if your bread has a tough, crispy crust.

CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast

In a large bowl, I mixed together 2 eggs, 2 1/2 Tbs sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
Then I added 2 cups milk.  Next, I gradually whisked in 1 cup of flour and 2 1/2 tsp baking powder.  Mix until it is smooth.

 CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast

In a shallow dish, combine 4 tsp cinnamon with 3/4 cup sugar and set aside.
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
Place a few slices of bread in the custard and let it sit a few minutes to soak up some creamy goodness.  Meanwhile, heat up about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a pan (I used my cast iron skillet).
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
When you think that your oil is hot enough, take your soaked bread pieces (let any excess batter drip off) and carefully place them in the hot oil.  I used tongs to make sure didn’t splatter any oil and they made it easy to carefully flip them over.  Only cook a few pieces at a time… if you crowd the pan the oil will drop in temperature.
 
 CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
 
When they are golden brown on both sides, place them on a plate covered in paper towels (which will soak up some of the excess oil).
 
 CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
 
While they are still warm, coat them in the cinnamon sugar topping.  Really press them into the sugar and get a nice coating… this is the good stuff!  Get the sides too.  I did this with my hands, but since they are pretty warm you may want to use forks or spoons to coat them.
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
And that’s pretty much it!  If you are feeding a crowd and want to serve all the pieces at once you may want to keep the french toast warm in a low oven while you continue cooking.  
 
Here is the final result!
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast
 
Let’s just go crazy and add butter and maple syrup.

CrystalPalacePuffedFrenchToast

This certainly doesn’t need syrup, but I love the thick, super-sweet magic that happens when that cinnamon coating mixes with the maple syrup.  I guess it brings back those childhood Disney memories.  My husband prefers it without butter and syrup and says it tastes like a yummy churro.

I hope you make this Disney recipe soon… and let me know what you think!

Crystal Palace Puffed French Toast
Serves 6
A delicious replica of the Puffed French Toast found at Walt Disney World's Crystal Palace restaurant
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Slices of Thick White Bread (like Texas Toast)
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 2 1/2 Tbs. Sugar
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  5. 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  6. 2 Cups Milk
  7. 1 Cup Flour
  8. 2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  9. 4 Tsp. Cinnamon
  10. 3/4 Cup Sugar
  11. Vegetable Oil
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, 2 1/2 Tbs. sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and milk.
  2. Gradually mix the flour and baking powder into the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. In a shallow, wide dish, combine the cinnamon and 3/4 cups sugar. Set aside.
  4. Soak a few slices of bread in the custard mixture as you heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a pan.
  5. When the oil is hot, carefully place a few slices of soaked bread into the pan (replace the bread with additional slices to soak in the custard). Be careful not to crowd the pan, as the oil temperature will drop. When the bottom of the toasts are golden (take a peek, using some tongs), flip the pieces over to continue cooking.
  6. When the toast pieces are golden, place on a plate covered in paper towels to blot some excess oil.
  7. While still warm, dip the french toast into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Make sure to really coat every bit of the french toast.
  8. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup, if desired.
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