A delicious take on the traditional French toast, Croissant French Toast Bake transforms it into a rich and cozy breakfast or brunch dish. This recipe mixes a thick custard with a hint of cinnamon, along with the buttery flakiness of croissants. It’s ideal for a stress-free morning because it can be prepared the night before. Let’s get started on this decadent but simple Croissant French Toast Bake.
For the Croissant Base
- Six big croissants, best fresh from the day.
- Half a cup of melted unsalted butter
- Half a cup of packed brown sugar
- One tsp finely ground cinnamon
- Regarding the Custard:
- Six big eggs
- One and a half cups of whole milk
- Half a cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of sugar, granulated
- One tsp vanilla essence
For the Topping
- Sugar powder for dusting
- For serving, maple syrup
1: Prepare the Croissants
- Slice the croissants into cubes that are about an inch in size, or bite-sized.
- Toss the croissant pieces in melted butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl until well coated.
2: Assemble the Bake
- Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
- In the baking dish, distribute the covered croissant pieces equally.
3: Prepare the Custard
Mix the eggs, heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract thoroughly in a another bowl.
Make sure each croissant is completely drenched by pouring the custard mixture over them. Apply light pressure to facilitate absorption.
Place plastic wrap over the baking dish and place it in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or overnight. This improves the flavor by letting the croissants absorb the custard.
5: Preheat and Bake
- Set the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
- After taking the baking dish out of the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature for approximately fifteen minutes.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown, in a preheated oven.
- Give the Croissant French Toast Bake a few minutes to cool.
- Garnish with icing sugar and serve warm, providing maple syrup alongside.
Tips and Variations
Add Fruit: For a tasty burst, try sandwiching sliced bananas or fresh berries between the layers of croissants.
Nuts with Whipped Cream: Before baking, scatter chopped nuts, such as pecans or almonds, on top. Then, serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Taste Infusion: Play around with the flavor infusions by giving the custard mixture a dab of orange zest or a dash of nutmeg.
The elegant flavor and texture of croissants are combined with the straightforwardness of French toast to create this visually stunning breakfast dish, the Croissant French Toast Bake. It’s ideal for special events or lazy weekends when you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to a celebratory breakfast because of its make-ahead feature.