Nutella Stuffed Strawberry French Toast

More than a fun or fancy Valentine’s dinner, I love a delicious Valentine’s breakfast. And let me tell you a little secret, if you opt out of the heart-shaped bread, you could serve this stuffed french toast anytime. And that is a really lovely thing, because if you are anything like me, you could eat golden french toast smothered in nutella and strawberries every day of the week.

Nutella Stuffed Strawberry French Toast

As I was playing around with this recipe, my 4-year old got all the benefits in a serious way. I think he ate nutella and strawberry stuffed french toast for lunch three days in a row as I tweaked it a bit here and there. Funny enough, the only complaint I heard was when he had to go back to eating the ol’ standby: PB&J.

Thankfully my other boys don’t read my blog because I’m making this for our V-day breakfast and I want it to be a surprise. I bribed my taste-tester to not say a word by promising a quadruple-decker version instead of the boring so-last-summer triple decker. Listen, it’s programmed into their DNA to be able to put away a serious amount of anything smothered in nutella. I am their mother after all.

Nutella Stuffed Strawberry French Toast

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Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast {Heart Shaped}

Yield: Serves 4

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast {Heart Shaped}

Note: Feel free to make these double decker instead of triple decker. Also, you could cut the bread the day before to make the morning-of prep faster.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 8-12 thick slices bread
  • 1/2 cup nutella (more or less)
  • 8-10 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar to taste

Directions

  1. In a shallow pie plate or dish, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg until well-combined. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a sharp paring knife (free hand the heart shape, which is what I did), cut a heart out of each piece of bread. I like to save the crusts and excess bread for homemade bread crumbs - just toss them all in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat (add a bit of butter if your skillet is prone to sticking). Dip each piece of heart-shaped bread into the egg/milk picture so the liquid soaks into the bread. Cook the bread for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Remove to a plate and repeat the process until all the bread is cooked. Whip the cream and powdered sugar (to taste, 1/2 tablespoon or so) until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spread a healthy amount of nutella on one slice of cooked bread. Top with sliced strawberries. Spread nutella on another slice of bread and place the bread nutella side up on top of the strawberries. Top with another layer of sliced strawberries and a final piece of french toast. Dollop a bit of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with a bit of grated nutmeg, if desired. Serve immediately.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/nutella-and-strawberry-stuffed-french-toast-heart-shaped/

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

21 Responses to Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

  1. StephenC says:

    In the 50’s there was no Nutella to be had in Elmira, NY. But this isn’t your mother’s 50’s anymore and Nutella can be had in most any supermarket, which is to say Hurrah for Modern Times.

  2. Kim in MD says:

    This is so cute! I’m sure it’s delicious, too! How sweet is your little guy to taste test this for days and have to keep it a secret? ;-)

  3. Jen T says:

    Oh. my. We usually do heart shaped pancakes, but this beats all. Changing the menu this year. Thanks Mel!

  4. Amanda E says:

    I have one terribly gluttonous child when it comes to Nutella…. I will give in this time just for her ;) Thanks again!

  5. Tristan K. says:

    Mel. You rock my socks. Seriously.
    When I need a no fail dinner recipe, I come here. Or if I need something a little special for my family, I come here. Thank you for all the time and love you put into your recipes and all the time you put into tweaking them.

  6. Rachel R. says:

    I was just thinking I wanted a fun heart shaped meal for vday. THAnks!

  7. Lorie says:

    This looks amazing! This is off topic, but do you have any ideas on what I can bring to school for my sons 5th birthday, that is non sugary?

  8. Mel says:

    Hey Lorie – that’s a great question! We aren’t allowed to bring homemade treats into our school and because I refuse to buy cupcakes from the grocery store bakery, I’ve had to get creative. We’ve done applesauce snack cups, mandarin orange snack cups, organic yogurt push-ups (like Gogurts but without the dyes and excess sugar). We’ve also done packages of crackers and cheese, individual packets of goldfish-type crackers. Things like that. Not a super fun list – I’m trying to brainstorm some other good ideas, too, since I’ll be bringing in a lot of birthday “treats” through the years. If you are allowed to make something, you could try the homemade granola bars I posted a few weeks ago. They aren’t loaded with sugar. Also, a blueberry muffin or other type of muffin would be fun, too. Good luck!

  9. Now this would be a sweet way to wake up on Valentine’s Day!

  10. Lindsay says:

    I just love the way you write and tell us about things! :) And this looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

  11. Whitney says:

    My daughter just requested french toast for her birthday dinner and this looks amazing! What kind of bread did you use? Texas toast, French bread, or something else? Thanks!

  12. Lorie says:

    Those are good ides, thanks so much! I do have a print out of the granola bars that I am hoping to make soon!

  13. Mel says:

    Whitney – I just cut really thick slices from my favorite homemade whole wheat bread recipe:
    http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2011/05/whole-wheat-bread-step-by-step.html

  14. Stacie D. says:

    And this is just another reason I love you so, Mel. You are a mind-reader! I’ve been planning to make this for V-day, and now with your help it will be perfect! (I hope!)

  15. mel this is so adorable…i know my boys would love waking up to this on valentines day…well any morning really :-)

  16. I have made something similar with peanut butter and bananas instead (also very tasty combination for french toast). I like the heart shaped bread idea! Too bad Valentine’s Day isn’t on the weekend when I have time to make breakfast (I am not a morning person!).

  17. Elizabeth says:

    We made this this morning since everyone won’t be home tomorrow morning. The kids loved it! We did the french toast and slicedup the strawberries last night and then this morning all I had to do was pop them in the toaster to warm them up, spread the nutella and put on the strawberries. Everyone loved it.

  18. Jane says:

    I think I just found what I will make for valentines dinner.

  19. Shannon says:

    I made these this morning. Truly wonderful.

    PS, I also made the heart jell-o, the fudge {box kind} brownies, the Mom’s lasagna, the sweet potato and black bean burritos, and tonight I’m planning on making the heart pizza and red velvet cake.
    Thanks for all the yummy-ness!

  20. […] nothing says valentines day like heart shaped strawberry Nutella french toast and frosted almond sugar cookies. […]

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