Stuffed Nutella French Toast with Strawberries

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Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries

Now that the Super Bowl is over, I’m ready to share a few Valentine’s Day goodies with all of you. I know that not everyone celebrates it, many saying it’s just a consumer driven holiday, etc. I thought the same thing until I realized that Valentine’s Day can be more than just a romantic holiday when you make it about all the people you love. If I were closer to my family, I can promise you I’d make them something special. Since I’m not, and since Eric and I are expecting a little one in less than a month (eek!), I decided to make the best of this holiday by making some seriously delicious treats that I’ll be sharing throughout the week.

This French toast is obviously meant to be a breakfast item, but it could easily double as a dessert. It’s blissfully decadent with soft challah bread, rich Nutella and sweet strawberries. Also, chocolate for breakfast is always a major win in my book. This recipe was inspired by one I saved last year for strawberry stuffed French toast. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate chocolate since the combination of it and strawberry is one of my favorites. Using Nutella was a natural progression, and that’s how this French toast came to be. Instead of stuffing the challah with strawberries, I decided to macerate them to use as a topping. It was perfect. This French toast isn’t plagued by problems of other recipes I’ve tried. It doesn’t get soggy or overly eggy. Instead, the exterior gets golden and crisp while the interior remains soft. Whether I’m stuffing it or not, this method of making French toast will be my go-to from now on. I want to tell you to plan ahead so that you can make this for someone special on Valentine’s Day, but it’s so amazing that it would feel wrong to tell you to wait that long. If you can, I promise this breakfast will be worth it.

Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries

  • YIELD: 4 servings
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 4 thick slices (1½ to 2-inches) bread, such as challah or brioche

  • About ½ cup Nutella

  • 1 large egg

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Unsalted butter

  • Powdered sugar, for serving

  • 1

    Combine the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. Toss to coat and set aside to macerate at room temperature.

  • 2

    Cut a pocket into each slice of bread, taking care not to cut all the way through. Fill each slice of bread with about two tablespoons of Nutella (I totally eyeballed this part, so this is just an estimate).

  • 3

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat. In a shallow dish or pie plate, whisk together the egg and milk. Whisk in the melted butter and vanilla. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt and whisk until smooth.

    Working with one or two pieces at a time, place the filled slices into the egg mixture. Soak for 30 to 40 seconds per side, allow excess to drip off and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining slices.

  • 4

    Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the heated skillet and swirl to coat. Add the slices in a single layer, taking care not to crowd the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until light golden brown. Flip and continue cooking an additional 1-2 minutes. Add more butter as needed and repeat with remaining slices.

    Transfer to a plate, dust with powdered sugar, then top with macerated strawberries. Serve immediately.

COMMENTS: ( 23 )
  • You are a brilliant, brilliant woman.

  • This breakfast treat looks drool-worthy. I was so sad that I didn’t realize yesterday was World Nutella day until late in the afternoon. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!

  • How perfect! Especially since World Nutella Day was yesterday.

  • These are absolutely gorgeous, and taste amazing too, I’m sure! I’ve made stuffed french toast by just putting two slices of bread together, but the pocket idea sounds much better! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  • I know what I am making for VDay breakfast! These look awesome!

  • Lovely. Very pretty pictures and that recipe…OMG.

  • I LOVE stuffed french toast and just recently came to enjoy Nutella so this looks amazing. And strawberries adds the perfect flavor combo! Yum!

  • Lannie

    Looks SO delicious! Love the photos.

  • I’ll have this for dinner AND dessert! We can never have enough Nutella, really. I wish you the very best in one month ! 😉

  • I haven’t made a stuffed French Toast in over a year. I MUST make your version 🙂

  • Tessa

    Just made this for valentines breakfast. The French toast turned out perfectly, I have never stuffed toast before, but it was easy if you’re careful. There was way too much chocolate for my taste, I actually squeezed out some from my piece so that it was less sweet. I’ll adjust the amount of nutella next time.

  • Haley

    Did you all that tried this use pre-sliced bread or cut it yourself? I’m at the grocery store now and don’t see anything thick enough and I’m thinking if I slice up an Itslian loaf it won’t be sturdy enough to stuff?

    • Courtney

      Haley, I cut the bread myself. If you have them nearby, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both carry challah bread that you can buy in whole loaves.

  • Haley

    Ok thank you Courtney! I do have them both nearby so I’ll give them a try. Thanks!

  • Christine

    Could you substitute raspberries? If so, Would you change anything else (e.g., nix the cinnamon)?

    • Courtney

      Sure, that would be fine! I wouldn’t omit the cinnamon. There’s really just enough to make it taste like French toast, if that makes sense.

  • I just tried these and they were delicious! Perfect start to my day…so thank you!! I’ve never made French toast before but I shall be making them again! I subsituted the strawberries for raspberries and added banana too. Perfection! Especially with the taste of cinnamon coming through too.

  • I can’t wait to try the Nutella French toast for brunch soon! Nutella goes great with everything: in a crepe, on a banana, or just by itself.

  • nathan

    would stuffing the strawberries into the toast make it soggy, or was that just a personal choice?

    • Courtney

      Nathan, I don’t think the bread would get soggy if you put the strawberries in it. That was purely personal choice.

  • Siori

    I made these this morning and they were delicious! I made a few changes, though: instead of plain nutella, I whipped 1/2 cup nutella with 4 ounces of cream cheese and used that on the bread instead…and I skipped the powdered sugar at the end, opting for an extra thin layer of nutella cream cheese on top before i piled on the strawberries. This was my first time making french toast, and my parents absolutely loved these! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe! 😀

  • Kristie

    Why can’t sliced bread be used? Like Texas Toast? Is there something different to be done if I use that?

    • Courtney

      Kristie, you could certainly try it with that. I haven’t, though, so I can’t offer an opinion as to how it might turn out. If it works out, please let me know! 🙂