Nutella-Stuffed French Toast
Nutella-stuffed French toast is an easy and delicious recipe for elevating your French toast game for any breakfast or brunch occasion! Gooey nutella is sandwiched between two pieces of brioche, dipped in a custard batter, and lightly fried in butter. What could be better than that?
This recipe for nutella-stuffed French toast is one of my favorite recipes to make when we’re having guests for brunch. It’s easy to prep in advance and only takes a couple of minutes to throw together, but it feels so decadent! Nutella-stuffed French toast is a chocolate-lover’s paradise and perfect any occasion.
Nutella-Stuffed French Toast: An Easy Brunch Staple
It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE nutella as is evidenced by my Nutella Lava Cakes, Nutella-stuffed cookies, and Nutella linzers. There’s just something magical about the combination of rich chocolate and toasty hazelnuts! Taking your average French toast and layering in some Nutella really just takes it to the next level.
Nutella-stuffed French toast is pure heaven that will make you look like a culinary rockstar. Did I mention this recipe only takes minutes to prep? I have personally never been a sweets breakfast person, but this recipe actually makes me want to convert.
This is the perfect recipe for feeding a crowd because you can prep so much of it in advance! You can mix the custard up days in advance and then all that’s left is to sandwich brioche with nutella and fry it up. You’re going to turn to this easy french toast recipe over and over again!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
Easy – This recipe only takes minutes to prep and a handful of ingredients. If you’re looking for an easy brunch recipe that’s sure to impress, this is it!
Customizable – You can make nutella-stuffed French toast with any bread you have on hand, swap in different milk to make it dairy free, add sliced fruit, etc. The sky is the limit here!
Feeds a crowd – This an easy recipe to prep for a huge crowd making it a favorite for the holidays. You can double or triple the recipe, no problem!
How to Make Nutella-Stuffed French Toast
This recipe is so easy to make! My biggest recommendation is to always use a quality nonstick pan so that the french toast crisps up without burning or sticking.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Bread. Brioche is my favorite here (especially the Brioche from Trader Joe’s!), but you can use any bread you have including gluten-free bread or even croissants.
- Nutella. Any chocolate hazelnut spread will do!
- Eggs. Eggs make the custard rich and delicious!
- Half and half. You could use milk, but half and half takes the batter to the next level.
- Grand marnier. I love the hint of orange that Grand Marnier adds and it pairs so perfectly with the chocolate.
- Sugar. Sugar is a must in the batter and caramelized beautifully on the outside of the bread.
- Vanilla bean paste. You can swap in vanilla extract, but the vanilla bean paste adds so much flavor.
- Butter. Cooking french toast in butter is ALWAYS the play.
- Let the bread get stale. This is the secret to great, non-soggy French toast. Slightly stale bread absorbs the custard without falling apart. Lay the bread out on a tray and let it sit at room temp overnight.
- Spread the nutella. Spread a generous layer of nutella on half the bread slices and sandwich them with the other slices.
- Make the custard. Whisk together all the custard ingredients in a mixing bowl and then pour it into a shallow dish.
- Soak the bread. Dip the bread in the custard on both sides. It’s best to go right from the custard to the frying pan, so set up a little assembly line!
- Cook the nutella-stuffed french toast. Melt a bit of butter in the skillet over medium heat and once it’s hot and foamy, add the soaked french toast. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a plate and and repeat with the remaining French toast. Serve warm!
How to Serve Nutella-Stuffed French Toast
While I would normally slather French toast with salty butter and real maple syrup, nutella-stuffed French toast just does not have a maple syrup vibe in my opinion.
My favorite way to serve nutella-stuffed French toast is by topping it with some lightly sweetened whipped cream and some macerated strawberries. The strawberries pair so perfectly with the chocolate and gives a bit of a fresh balance so the rich chocolate. I also love to dust nutella-stuffed French toast with a bit of powdered sugar!
To macerate strawberries, just combine 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir and let the strawberries sit until they get nice and juicy. Top the French toast with the strawberries and the released juices.
Tips for Serving Nutella-Stuffed French Toast to a Crowd
This recipe is great for feeding a crowd because you can prep it in advance!
2-3 days before brunch, whisk together the custard and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. On the morning of, just transfer the batter to a shallow dish for dipping.
2 days before brunch, set your brioche slices out to stale a little bit. I lay mine on a baking sheet and let them sit out overnight.
The night before brunch, make all your nutella sandwiches. Cover them and you can keep them at room temperature overnight. You can also make your strawberries and whipped cream and store them in airtight containers in the fridge.
On the morning of brunch, simply dip your bread, fry it up, and serve! If you’re making a large batch, keep a baking sheet in the oven at 200 F and store the cooked nutella-stuffed French toast there until you’re ready to serve. This way everyone gets warm French toast!
Storing, Freezing, and Reheating Nutella-Stuffed French Toast
Serve: Nutella Stuffed French Toast will keep well at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Store: Cover the dish, or put the French Toast in an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Reheat in the microwave until just warmed through.
Freeze: You can also freeze the recipe for up to 3 months. To reheat the french toast, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the oven, or heat them up in a toaster oven.
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Nutella-Stuffed French Toast
- 8 slices brioche bread, slightly stale
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 2-3 tablespoons salted butter
- Spread the nutella between 4 slices of the brioche and then sandwich the other 4 pieces on top.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the half and half, egg, sugar, Grand Marnier, and vanilla bean paste until smooth. Transfer to a shallow dish.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter is hot and foamy, dip the bread in the custard on both sides and transfer to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining bread.
- Transfer to a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar. Top as desired, but my favorites are whipped cream and strawberries.