Lazy Sunday Morning

As the weekend approaches I can not help to think about Sunday brunch. First off you are combining two amazing meals into one and second, there are virtually no limits to what you can make. I came across an interesting, as well as simple, idea that will excite all those hazelnut and chocolate lovers out there: Nutella French Toast. For those of you who have not prepared French Toast before, here is a basic recipe from Alton Brown on the Food Network (one of my favorites!):

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half-and-half (you may also use a 1-2% milk to cut calories and make this more waistline friendly)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread (you can supplement this with any bread you choose)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or margarine)

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices.

Now, the twist to Nutella French Toast is this: You only need to soak one side of the bread before placing it in the pan (this will be the side that will brown on the stove NOT come in contact with the spread). It is similar to making a grilled cheese- you brown the outside of the bread while allowing the Nutella spread to heat up and melt a little bit on the inside. This creates a pleasantly surprising taste to vamp up your typical French Toast. Once the outsides of the bread or browned, remove from heat and let cool. Add what ever topping you like whether it’s fruit, whipping cream, or confectioners sugar and ENJOY (:

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