Nutella stuffed French toast (with bacon and strawberries)
Growing up, Nutella on bread was one of my absolute favourite things to eat. But it was only recently that I discovered a whole new world, where Nutella gets put in brownies and (gasp!) French toast.
I usually turn up my nose at sweet French toast (and I do still swear by my savoury recipe, which includes a pinch of chilli powder). But this version, which my flatmate and I found on Cooking Classy, has opened my mind.
We used a white loaf instead of toast to have the more aesthetic, rounder pieces (I swear it had nothing to do with the fact that the pieces were bigger!). We also didn’t macerate the strawberries, as we had a particularly sweet batch that didn’t need any more sugar. By a stroke of genius, my flatmate remembered her incredible South Carolina bacon in the freezer and so a few slices of that were grilled. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, and you have the perfect Sunday brunch!
- 6 thick slices of white bread (about 1 inch thick – they’ll need to be butterflied)
- ½ cup milk
- 1/8 cup double cream
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- ½ cup Nutella (amount varies, just get a whole the jar and use as you see fit)
- Butter / bacon grease / vegetable oil, for frying
- 200g fresh strawberries, sliced
- 6 slices bacon, grilled
Once you’ve cut the bread into inch-thick slices, take your knife and carefully cut each slice in half, but not all the way through – leave a bit of the edge attached (like when you butterfly prawns or chicken). Then spread the Nutella between the slices (this is where you can decide how much or little to use). Keep aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar and flour.
Heat a large non-stick pan over high heat and melt a bit of butter. Dip each Nutella sandwich in the egg mixture, coating both sides, but trying not to let the egg seep through to the Nutella inside. Then place in the pan. Fry gently on medium heat, turning occasionally, until it turns a beautiful golden brown on both sides.
Serve immediately with strawberries and bacon, plus a bit of Greek yogurt.
Oh right! The bacon. Just grill it in the oven or fry it in a pan. And then eat it.