Home Cooking: Nutella French Toast Sandwiches

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Staying in this Valentine's Day? How about breakfast? It's easier than dinner and will probably earn you just as many points with your significant other.

We tried a recipe for Nutella French Toast Sandwiches from Katie Lee's most recent book, The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions. In the book, Lee describes the dish as "decadent and borderline sinful" -- quite appropriate for this occasion. Just add some coffee, a Bellini and you're set to spend a lazy day at home, watching movies and ordering in for dinner.

Here's the recipe.

Nutella French Toast Sandwiches

You'll need ...

8 large eggs

2 ½ cups whole milk

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Zest of 1 orange

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 loaf brioche, sliced about ¾-inch thick

¾ cup Nutella

3 ripe bananas, sliced on a diagonal

Now what?

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, salt, orange zest, and vanilla. Set aside.

Grease a casserole dish. Spread half of the bread slices with Nutella and top with bananas and remaining bread slices.

Place in casserole dish and pour egg mixture and allow it to soak in, at least 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until bread is golden brown and puffy. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

By the way ...

This recipe serves 6-8 so you may want to cut it in half if it's just for two.

In her book, Lee says she often leaves the bread soaking overnight and then puts it in the oven in the morning.

I tried two sandwiches with strawberries instead of bananas but the bananas worked better. Keep the strawberries as a side.

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