Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast

With melted Nutella, warmed bananas and a cinnamon-flavored custard coating, this French toast is indulgent and impressive--but secretly very easy to make.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Eight 1-inch-thick slices challah or brioche

1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella®

2 ripe bananas, sliced, plus more for serving

3/4 cup heavy cream

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Butter, for frying

Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. Using a sharp paring knife, cut a 3-inch-wide slit into one side of each bread slice, cutting about three-quarters of the way through to make a pocket.
  2. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of the chocolate-hazelnut spread inside each pocket and then layer in 3 to 4 banana slices.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough butter to liberally coat the bottom. Heat until hot, but not smoking.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the cream, eggs, sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Soak each stuffed bread slice into the custard and, working in batches, fry in a single layer until the custard is fully cooked, about 3 minutes per side.
  5. Top the French toast with additional banana slices and serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.
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