Can you think of anything more comforting than French Toast on a winter morning? Add Nutella and it goes from comforting to divine.
This is my entry for World Nutella Day which is the brainchild of Sara & Michellae at Ms. Adventures in Italy & Bleeding Espresso. Check out the Nutella Day Flickr Pool or the Nutella Day Facebook Page for more inspiration.
This was a real treat - I added very little sweetener to the egg mixture so the strata was mildly sweet and even my drizzling it with cream & nutella did not send it over the edge. Perfect start to my day!
Nutella-Banana French Toast Strata
(I scaled down the recipe to make an individual portion today)
A loaf of bread (I used Multigrain), crusts removed & cut into squares or rectangular pieces
3 1/2 - 4 cups milk
8 sliced bananas
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp agave syrup
Lightly butter the bottom of a 9x13 dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla and agave syrup.
Spread Nutella on half the squares/rectangles of bread and layer them in the dish, nutella side facing up. Layer sliced bananas on top. Spread Nutella on the remaining squares/rectangles of bread and layer them on top of the bananas (nutella side facing down).
Pour the egg mixture on top, pressing gently with a spoon so that the bread soaks it all up. Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350F. Bake strata for 35 minutes, uncovered.