6.13.2009

nutella & hazelnut stuffed french toast with maple butter

If a little gluttony is what you want, then this is what you need. drool If you can't deal with chocolatey, buttery, ooey-gooey and delicious, then this isn't for you. all in one bite If you are at my house on a weekend morning, then you would witness a serious crime against the world of cooking. I become terribly lazy, and attempt to recover from my weekday oatmeal, which is overdose by the weekend. I sit around for good while, and then realize that I am overwhelmingly hungry, and it is an urgent manner. Quite often, there is at least a segment of a baguette lying around, and so I rush into action with a dollop of nutella on pieces of baguette, and continue merrily relaxing. It's simple, and good. But today, I thought it needed a little dressing up, something a little bit more involved. Perhaps something I could actually serve to another human being, and not feel completely embarrassed by it. I also felt compelled to find another use for my replication of Clinton Street Bakery's maple butter, which I had left in my fridge from last week's attempt at outdoing their pancakes. I was close with the pancakes, but the maple butter is pretty spot on. I started with a paska (any bread you can thickly slice), nutella, 2 eggs per slice of bread, and a couple handfuls of hazelnuts (1 tbsp per serving). to start with Using a mini chopping food-processor, I chopped up the hazelnuts. It made about 1/2 cup. I carefully toasted the hazelnuts in a non-stick frying pan, on medium-low heat. Be careful to stir occasionally, and have a dish ready to transfer the hazelnuts to once they are brown! toasty The tasty toasted hazelnuts. toasted hazelnuts Maple butter is absurdly delicious on pancakes or french toast. Also use a ratio of 2:1, for example, a 1/2 cup of butter to a 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Place both in a glass bowl or measuring cup in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds. Stir vigorously, with a fork, until the butter and syrup are combined. Allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving, and let it sit for longer (or refrigerate) if it is too runny. The resulting mixture should be somewhat thick. It is fun to dip pieces of pancake straight into it! maple butter You can use any bread, but make sure you can slice it quite thick. Using a small serrated knife, create a "pocket" in each slice. This is where the nutella and hazelnut treasure will go! sliced paska Once you have inserted the pocket in each slice of bread, start by using a spoon to sprinkle about a tablespoon of toasted hazelnuts inside. Then, with another spoon, place roughly another tablespoon of nutella inside; push on the spoon with one side of the bread to remove the nutella from the spoon. a little pocket of goodness In the same nonstick saucepan use to toast the nuts, heat some butter on medium-high heat, until it foams. foamy butter Place the french toast to be in a little beaten egg bath. Each slice of bread will take approximately two eggs. Let it soak a few seconds per side. beaten eggs Cook each side until beautifully golden brown. delicious in the pan Serve with sliced bananas, and be generous with the maple butter! nutella-hazelnut french toast with maple butter Enjoy until the very last bite! does it have to end?

32 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

**swoons**

gail said...

As always, thanks for your support!

Global Patriot said...

I'm not sure how many bites I could enjoy of this amazing dish, but I would give it my best try to finish the whole thing!

Jenn said...

You had me at nutella. On French toast. I'm doubly sold!!!!

Paula - bell'alimento said...

Brillant idea! I adore Nutella! Can't wait to give this one a go! Looks insanely delicious.

Erin said...

Droolz. OMG. That is an amazing breks. All of my favorite things. Nutella. Hazelnuts. Bread. Maple. Banana. You are genius.

mamakd said...

Heaven on a plate! If it wasn't bedtime here I would be in the kitchen making that. I can't wait for sunrise!

Vanessa said...

You must be kidding!
This is the ultimate decadent breakfast- even my zabaione-dipped French Toast needs to struggle to keep up!
Love it Gail!

Jo said...

This looks deliciously good. Love french toast with maple syrup but to stuff it with nutella .. now that takes it one step better than good.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

that is sinful...
8-{)

mardi said...

this looks amazing - much like a couque suisse that I used to enjoy in France and Belgium. The maple butter addition in ingenious. I think I might have to send the husband off to the store right now!!

Meg said...

Wow! What an amazing creation! I would like to use this for my Holy Yum! award post this week! Would that be ok and can I borrow a picture?

gail said...

Wow! Thanks Megan!! Of course to the picture too!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Can't...stop...salivating! My kids would love this (if I didn't eat it all first).

Mathilde said...

Yummy! You just add to add some slices of bananas and you're good for the day!

Olga said...

omg, I'm SO DROOLING now! wow. LOVE Nutella.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

YUM - that sounds delicious!

Bridgett said...

Oh my...I would have died and gone to heaven eating this. It sounds wonderful! You have to love nutella, it's such great stuff.

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

That does sound and look delish. I love Nutella. What a wonderful use for it.

Becca said...

OMG, Nutella is like my own personal illicit drug! This recipe looks delicious!

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Maria said...

No way, that is too good to be true, esp. for breakfast!

Carolyn Jung said...

This looks insanely good. But then again, anything with Nutella is superb in my book.

nora@ffr said...

love the unique presentation. excellent shots. this dish sound amazing.. gonna try it out soon
cheers!!

Amy I. said...

This is pretty much my dream breakfast. Looks divine!!

Ariel Kanter said...

YUM. Nutella is amazing. That looks great. You should make that your weekday breakfast!

jeroxie said...

OMG! looks really yummy! Will try and make this for this weekend.

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh. My. Goodness. This is just brilliant. (And I'd like some for lunch today, please!) Wow. :D

+Jessie

Rumela said...

Great recipe!! The combination is truly fascinating. nutella & hazelnut stuffed french toast with maple butter all are nutritious and good for health. So a threesome combination is likely to be tasty and healthy alike. thank you for shearing your post.

Deborah Dowd said...

I am thinking this would be a great camping dessert!

Danielle said...

This looks divine! I would never have thought to stuff french toast with nutella and hazelnuts but now that you've done it I have to make this like yesterday!

alan said...

This is about the greatest breakfast ever...sinfully delicious

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