Monday, 3 February 2014

A Valentine's Recipe: Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast With Nutella Fudge Sauce

So, I hear Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Personally I don't tend to make a big fuss, for me it's an excuse to indulge in good food, good wine and great company. Sometimes my husband and I exchange small gifts but this year we're just focusing on having a relaxing and enjoyable day together, no gifts required. I'm one of those people that are a nightmare to buy for. I always prefer experiences over objects. I'd much rather go on a picnic than get a new bracelet.

This year we'll be heading to the beach as a family, having a simple home made lunch, maybe a park visit for the kiddo, followed by a bottle or two of fancy vino for us and take away from our favourite restaurant for dinner. As laid back as I am about this holiday there is one thing I think is absolutely crucial on Valentine's Day, breakfast in bed. In motherhood it is a rare and sacred occasion and as such I've come up with something a little bit special and a little bit decadent.

I've combined a few elements here which I think work wonderfully together. Thick cut french toast, fresh strawberry and cream cheese filling, smothered in a Nutella fudge sauce. Use the best quality ingredients you can find and you're sure to have an amazing bed-feast!

So, what's on your Valentine's menu this year? And, do you have some grandiose romantic plans in the works?

Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast With Nutella Fudge Sauce

An original recipe by A Rhubarb Rhapsody
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Yield: Serves 2

  • 4 slices of thick-cut, day old bread (I used ciabatta)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 125g/4.4oz cream cheese (about half a package of Philadelphia cream cheese)
  • 125g/4.4oz fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup icing/superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • butter for frying

      Cooking Directions
      1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the milk, flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and the eggs. Set aside.

      2. Roughly chop the cream cheese and place it in your food processor along with the vanilla extract. Sift the superfine sugar over the top. Blend until smooth.

      3. Behead the strawberries and stick them in the food processor too. Blitz it until combined but leave some strawberry chunks!

      4. Thickly spread the strawberry mixture onto one piece of bread, top with another piece of bread and repeat so you have two sandwiches.

      5. Pour your egg and milk mixture into a deep sided dish (I used a pie dish). Place the sandwiches in the egg mixture and let them soak for 5-10minutes, turn and soak the other side for 5-10minutes too.

      6. Get out a large heavy bottomed frying pan (skillet), and melt a knob of butter over low-medium heat.
      Ridiculously good market fresh butter.

      7. Place your eggy sandwiches in the frying pan, cooking for about 5 minutes each side or until lightly browned and cooked through. While these are cooking, make the Nutella fudge sauce.
      8. To make the Nutella sauce, place the Nutella and cream in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring constantly until combined and hot.
      Serve french toast with freshly cut strawberries, a sprinkling of superfine sugar and a hefty dousing of Nutella fudge sauce! Enjoy!


      1. Two of my favourite things: strawberries and chocolate! :D

        1. Easily one of the best things about Valentine's Day. It's a day when your chocolate & strawberry intake quota increases one hundred fold. ;)

      2. Wow, that is one decadently delicious Valentine's Day breakfast! Just stunning.
        My husband and I don't usually do anything elaborate for Valentine's Day-- we cherish the experiences too. I think I'll just cook up something really special this year and spend some quiet time together. Just cuddling with him and a bottle of wine is enough to make me happy. :)

        1. Thanks Vaishali. :) Sounds like a great plan! A lot more relaxing than sitting in a very cramped restaurant.

      3. This is such a cute little dish...I think I might give it a trial run tomorrow morning :) Thanks for the recipe!

        1. Hi Jen, Let me know how you get on. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! :)

      4. I haven't had french toast in way too long. I so want this, with the filling and sauce - yum!

        1. I once went about 10 years without French toast and had only had savoury French toast up until the age of 21. Such a misspent youth! I think I'm making up for lost time now. ;)

          I hope you fix your French toast drought soon!