French toast was a breakfast favourite of mine as a kid. Because it was the one thing I could actually cook as a 5-year-old, and because eggy wondrousness. It was pretty basic French toast stuff of course. Just normal white bread dipped into egg whisked with a splash of milk. Naturally I had to have it with that other favourite of pre-schoolers the world over – tomato sauce. And not just any tomato sauce, it had to be All Gold.
Even though All Gold is still the only tomato sauce for me, my taste buds have evolved somewhat over the years. Some might say I’m fussy about food, downright picky even. Which is why I don’t often use superlatives when talking about recipes. So it’s pretty telling that I’d call this Nutella French toast amazing. It’s rich, it’s sweet, and it’s packed with chocolate, cinnamon and orange flavour. Add a cup of strong black coffee and this Nutella French toast is pretty much my ideal lazy weekend breakfast. Wow. There you go, another superlative.
All you need is…
½ cup milk
2 Tbs cream, optional (don’t buy cream for this, just add some if you happen to have it!)
¼ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
3 tsp castor sugar
zest of an orange, finely grated
4 slices brioche or kitke bread
Nutella chocolate spread
large knob of butter, for frying
Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream (if using), cinnamon, salt, sugar and zest. Spread two slices of bread liberally with Nutella and top with the remaining slices. Pour egg mix into a wide, shallow dish and dip Nutella sandwiches into the egg. Allow them to soak up the egg mix for a minute, then gently flip over to soak the other side as well – most of the egg mixture will be absorbed. Place a generous knob of butter (as in 2 Tbs) into a non-stick frying pan and fry sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately. If you’re feeling extra fancy dust your French toast with a bit of icing sugar.