Be still my heart! This breakfast is the mother of all breakfasts. It’s an “I-shouldn’t-but-I-really-want-to-eat-it” kind of breakfast. And who can blame you for that?!? It’s tempting, self-indulgent and practically sinful. The caramelized coating against the soft fried bread will make you swoon as you shamelessly dunk each piece of the crème brulee French toast into the creamy Nutella hot chocolate. We basically just double-downed on breakfast.
After a long week at work, I needed to just hide away for a day, become a recluse for 24 hours. I had spent more time that week being yelled at by unhappy patients and strangers than I would have preferred, so when I woke up Saturday morning, I sought sanctuary in food. Breakfast to be more precise.
Food has always been a solace for me. I love turning ingredients into something comforting and delicious for my loved ones and sometimes, just for myself. This was one of those times.
I got up early, snuck down to the kitchen before my alarm clock could even make me up. I whisked together eggs in a continuing, repetitive motion. I sprinkled in cinnamon and poured in the milk. The smell of bread brought me back to Earth as I sliced thick pieces from a fresh loaf. The sound of it frying on the stove woke me up. It crackled and sizzled. I could hear my husband stirring upstairs as the smell of cinnamon rose from the pan. And then the sugar bubbled, it rose and fell, as the blow torch caramelized it, creating a hardened shell of sugar around the toast.
And then there’s the hot chocolate, creamy and comforting. As if the crème brulee French toast wasn’t indulgent enough!? We dipped our toast into the hot chocolate, without any shame or regret. We stirred the toast around and around the mug, in hopes of getting as much Nutella in our mouths as possible.
- 4 slices of thick bread
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp of butter
- granulated sugar
Nutella Hot Chocolate
- 3 cups of milk
- ½ cup of Nutella
- For the French toast: cut off the crusts of the bread and slice into 1 inch sticks. Whisk the eggs, milk and cinnamon together in a bowl. Dip the bread sticks into the egg mixture and shake off the extra liquid. Heat the butter over medium heat in a large pan. Once the butter starts to bubble, place the bread in the pan and cook until brown on all sides. Remove and let it cool for 5 mins on a wire rack. Sprinkle sugar over the sticks and using a blow torch, caramelize the sugar.
- For the hot chocolate: In a saucepan, pour the milk and heat it over medium heat. Stir in the Nutella and continue to stir until the Nutella is dissolved. Pour into mugs and serve along with the french toast sticks.