Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast

published Jan 9, 2023
Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast

You haven't had French toast until you've stuffed it with chocolate-hazelnut spread and rolled it in cinnamon sugar.

Serves8

Prep10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook10 minutes to 15 minutes

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Credit: Marcella DiLonardo

With custardy French toast stuffed with Nutella and rolled in cinnamon sugar, this recipe takes the combination of Nutella and sliced white bread to a whole new level. Talk about breakfast goals! It’s inspired by a TikTok recipe for cinnamon sugar French toast, but elevated with the addition of hazelnut and chocolate. 

Tips for Making the Best-Ever Nutella-Stuffed French Toast

  • Use rich sweet bread as the base, such as brioche, egg bread, or challah. This will yield a buttery exterior with a creamy texture inside.
  • Buy the loaf of bread whole. This way you can cut each slice about an inch thick to allow for maximum Nutella goodness.
  • Use day-old bread. It will soak up the egg mixture better than fresh bread. 
  • Add an extra egg yolk. Aside from using good-quality eggs, I like to add an extra yolk to the milk mixture. It brings that extra bit of richness, without making the flavor eggy.
Credit: Marcella DiLonardo

Lastly, my (not-so) secret ingredient is to add an extra egg yolk to the milk mixture. It adds that extra bit of richness, without making the flavor eggy. Using good-quality eggs with rich yolks helps to achieve that custardy goodness. 

Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast

You haven't had French toast until you've stuffed it with chocolate-hazelnut spread and rolled it in cinnamon sugar.

Prep time 10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes to 15 minutes

Serves 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 tablespoons

    plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

  • 2

    large egg yolks

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1/2 cup

    whole or 2% milk

  • 1/2 cup

    heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch

    ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch

    kosher salt

  • 8 (1-inch thick) slices

    brioche or challah bread

  • 1/2 cup

    Nutella or chocolate-hazelnut spread

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, divided

Instructions

  1. Place 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of the ground cinnamon in a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate and stir to combine.

  2. Place the remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 large egg yolks, 1 large egg, 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch ground nutmeg, and 1 pinch kosher salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

  3. Cut 8 (1-inch thick) slices brioche or challah bread. Carefully cut a pocket into the side of each slice of bread. Using a small spoon, fill each pocket with 1 tablespoon of the Nutella.

  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of the unsalted butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, soak the number of bread slices that will fit in the skillet in a single layer without crowding in the custard: Place in the egg custard and let soak for 15 seconds on each side.

  5. Place in the pan and fry until golden brown and warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the cinnamon sugar and flip to coat. Place on a serving plate and repeat frying the remaining slices, adding 1 tablespoon unsalted butter to the pan before each batch.

Recipe Notes

Lighter French toast: You can use whole milk instead of cream for a lighter french toast.

Make ahead: The French toast custard can be made 24 hours in advance, covered, and refrigerated.

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator if frozen. Rewarm in a low oven until heated through.