This Croissant French Toast Bake is the ultimate indulgent breakfast, that is perfect for feeding a crowd. Swap the bread for croissants and smother it in sugary cinnamon milk and then bake. You can prepare this the night before and then just bake in the morning and load it with toppings. This is our go-to breakfast for a special occasion like Christmas morning.
We love croissants, and we love french toast. So, why not put them together? French toast has been given a serious upgrade, as we have used croissants instead and baked it all in a pan.
The croissants get perfectly crispy on top, but the sugary milk mixture keeps them nice and moist inside. It's kind of like a mixture between bread pudding and French toast.
We are big fans of hosting brunch, because when it comes to the food - anything goes! This is the perfect dish to serve because it's actually really easy, fairly cheap to make, can be prepared the night before and it looks so impressive.
Why you will love it
- A great way to use croissants - If you have some stale croissants that need using, then this is the perfect way to bring them to life.
- Easy to adapt - We have a few ways that you can adapt this recipe. More on that below!
- Perfect for feeding a crowd - You can easily double or triple this recipe, as long as you have a baking dish big enough.
- Can be made in advance - You can prepare this the night before and then put it in the fridge. The croissants will soak up all the mixture overnight and will be packed with flavour.
- Croissants - Just use standard croissants from a supermarket or bakery. The size on them depends on the size of the baking dish you are using, as you need to make sure that they will fit in. It doesn't matter if they are squashed in a bit. Don't worry if your croissants are a bit stale, as this recipe will bring them to life.
- Eggs - These help to thicken up the milk mixture. We used three medium sized eggs.
- Milk - This is what makes up the majority of the mixture that is poured on to the croissants. We used whole milk, to make it nice and creamy.
- Sugar - A little bit of brown sugar adds a lovely flavour. You could use granulated or caster sugar instead.
- Vanilla - This adds a depth of flavour and really enhances all the other flavours. It acts the same way as salt does in savoury dishes. Use vanilla extract, not essence.
- Cinnamon - This adds a lovely warmth to the croissant french toast. You could swap it for ginger or nutmeg, or do a mixture of all three.
- Maple Syrup - As well as the brown sugar, we added maple syrup for sweetness, as it has such a lovely flavour. Another liquid sweetener like honey would work well too.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
One: Halve the croissants lengthways and put the bottom halves in the baking dish.
Two: Mix together the rest of the ingredients.
Three: Pour half the mixture on the croissants in the baking dish. Put the top half of the croissants on top and pour over the rest of the mixture.
Four: Put in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the croissants are crispy on top.
Five: Add toppings (optional).
This is a fairly simple recipe, so there isn't too many ways to adapt it, but we have a few suggestions.
Croissants - We just used plain croissants, however you could use chocolate croissants or even almond croissants.
Milk mixture - Make this super indulgent by swapping half the milk for cream.
Boozy - If you want to make this for a boozy brunch, then add a splash of Baileys to the milk mixture. It's SO good.
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What to serve with Croissant French Toast Bake
This is where you can take the dish from delicious, to really special. A bit like pizza - it is ALL about the toppings. We added some Greek yogurt, berries, powdered sugar and some raspberry jam and it was berry-licious.
If you wanted to make this for dessert instead of breakfast/brunch, then serve it with some really good quality vanilla ice cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this is perfect for making in advance and you can make it the night before and then keep it in the fridge until the morning. Make sure to keep it out at room temperature for an hour before putting it in the oven.
Once it is cooled, portion it out and then store in an air tight container and put it in the fridge. It will keep in there for 2 days.
Yes, you can freeze it. Portion it out and put a piece of baking paper in between each piece and put it in a freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for a month.
You can reheat it in the oven for 10 minutes.
If you use gluten free croissants, and make sure that there is no cross contamination then this can be gluten free.
• Make a boozy version of this by adding a splash of Baileys or rum to the milk mixture.
• You could serve this for dessert instead of breakfast/brunch and put some vanilla ice cream on top.
• Take these to the next level and add a drizzle of orange icing on top.
• Add some crunch with a sprinkle of crushed pecans.
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Croissant French Toast Bake
- 6 Croissant - halved lengthways
- 3 Eggs
- 200 ml Whole milk
- 2 tablespoon Light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 0.5 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoon Maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
- Put the bottom parts of the sliced croissants into a baking dish.
- Mix together the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour half the mixture on the croissants in the baking dish. Put the top half of the croissants on top and pour over the rest of the mixture.
- Put the baking dish into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Serve with berries, yogurt, jam, flaked almonds and fresh mint (all optional).
- Make a boozy version of this by adding a splash of Baileys or rum to the milk mixture.
- You could serve this for dessert instead of breakfast/brunch and put some vanilla ice cream on top.
- Take these to the next level and add a drizzle of orange icing on top.
- Add some crunch with a sprinkle of crushed pecans.