It’s that time of year again, and if you haven’t already guessed by the pink bowls and the cozy bedding, this recipe is all about spending Valentine’s Day in bed! Now, Valentine’s Day is one of those polarizing holidays that you either love or hate, but hey, why not just say yes to a delicious breakfast in bed? No need to fill the whole room with roses — just a few touches of elevated V-Day is more than enough.

Today’s recipe is for a Brown Butter + Hazelnut French Toast. (Drooling already? Yes? Good.) This recipe is easy enough to make in the morning (no need to spend a week looking for ingredients and garnishes) but sooo tasty that it makes the occasion quite special.

But of course, to make it extra special, we had to put a little twist on it. First, we cut up some brioche into small cubes (for the cuteness factor). Then we do our regular French toast treatment (eggs, cream, vanilla, the works), and when they’re fried and ready we drizzle them with brown butter, maple syrup, and it all gets served with yogurt (or cream) and topped with crunchy toasted hazelnuts. Bam! Love is in the air and in your belly.

Pair this French toast with a nice cup of your favorite coffee, a side of fruit and some chocolate – and you’ll be Cupid’s fave bud. See the recipe below!

Brown Butter + Hazelnut French Toast

4 servings

You’ll need:

    5 large eggs
    ½ cup heavy cream
    ½ cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 pinch of salt
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 loaf challah bread or brioche
    ½ cup unsalted butter
    ½ cup hazelnuts toasted, rough chopped
    Maple syrup, yogurt, and berries or fruit to serve


    1. In a shallow bowl mix the eggs, cream, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon
    2. Cut the bread into chunky cubes and soak in the egg mixture making sure to soak on all sides
    3. Fry the soaked cubes in a skillet with some butter and canola oil over medium heat, flip each cube on all sides until golden brown, set aside
    4. In a small pan place the ½ cup of butter over medium low heat, melt it and reduce the heat to low and let the butter simmer for 4 min until it gets frothy, once frothy let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes or until it starts to turn light brown and your can smell that buttery nutty scent. Immediately remove from the heat (it can burn easily) and let it cool down. Strain the top and leave any dark bits behind (you can strain it through a coffee filter if you want)
    5. To serve, place some yogurt at the bottom of a shallow bowl or dish, add cubes of French toast, sprinkle with icing sugar (optional), then spoon some of the brown butter on it, top with berries and hazelnuts.

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Jamie Earles

February 7, 2019

I always enjoy Gabriel’s stories! And this recipe sounds perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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