This croissant french toast bake recipe will be your new go-to weekend breakfast! It’s low-effort, scales easily, and will satisfy any french toast lover.Jump to Recipe
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Next time you’re looking for an extra special breakfast that doesn’t take a ton of effort, you’ll want to try this croissant french toast bake recipe! Just like french toast, it’s soft, sweet, decadent, and oh-so good with some maple syrup on a Sunday morning. But what makes this baked french toast so special is that it’s made with croissants.
Yes, you can make delicious french toast with croissants – in the form of this breakfast casserole! Simply rip the croissants into pieces, stuff them in a baking dish, fill with a cinnamon-flavored french toast custard, and bake. After about 40 minutes to an hour, voila! You have a delicious, easy breakfast bake that can be scaled to feed a crowd… or some hungry kids.
This croissant french toast bake is the perfect hands-off, low-effort brunch recipe for serving with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and orange juice. Or, pair it with scrambled eggs and bacon for a full-on breakfast spread! However you choose to serve it, this flavorful breakfast bake will be an instant hit with any french toast lover.
Croissant French Toast Bake Recipe Ingredients
To make a french toast bake with croissants, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Vanilla extract
- Light brown sugar
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Maple syrup, for serving
You can either use fresh or leftover croissants that you don’t want to go to waste for this recipe. Just like traditional french toast, this breakfast casserole is a great way to use up slightly stale croissants if you have some laying around!
The eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are the key components to a flavorful french toast custard. The croissants soak up all this delicious liquid while they bake, making your kitchen smell amazing.
Finally, you can opt to dust your croissant french toast bake with powdered sugar for a bit of extra sugary goodness and presentation! And don’t forget to put a bottle of your favorite maple syrup out on the table 🙂
How To Make A Croissant French Toast Breakfast Bake
It’s seriously so easy to make this baked croissant french toast. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grab a shallow casserole dish. Tear the croissants into roughly one-inch pieces, and stuff them into a single layer in the bottom of the dish so they’re snug.
- In a large bowl, mix the custard. Whisk together eggs and milk, then add in vanilla extract, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice and whisk thoroughly to combine.
- Next, pour the custard evenly over the casserole dish, making sure to hit every piece of croissant with liquid so it fills in all the cracks.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top of the casserole is golden brown.
- Finally, dust with powdered sugar if desired and serve with maple syrup!
You’ll want to select a casserole dish that allows you to stuff the croissant pieces in tightly. Like, it should be difficult to get the last few pieces in there and keep it to a single layer. This ensures the croissants soak up just the right amount of liquid without losing their fluffy texture or becoming soggy. Our small Staub casserole dish from this set of 2 works perfectly for 4 croissants, or one batch of this french toast bake recipe (it measures 7.5 x 6 inches).
If you want to dust your french toast casserole with powdered sugar, here’s a tip: grab a fine mesh sieve and pour a small amount of powdered sugar into it. (Do this over a bowl or the sink, so you don’t get sugar all over the counter or your floors!). Then, hold the sieve over the casserole dish with one hand and gently tap the edge of it with the heel of your other hand to release the powdered sugar.
Notes On Scaling
This easy croissant french toast breakfast bake is perfect for scaling and serving to a crowd. However, there are a few things to note if you do scale the recipe:
- You will have to use a larger casserole dish for more croissants. Try to use something as shallow as possible and keep the croissant pieces to a single layer, while fitting them snugly in the bottom of the dish.
- The bake time may vary slightly depending on your oven temp, how packed the croissants are, and how much volume is in the casserole dish. It’s best to always start your timer on the low end, then keep an eye on it as it finishes baking to prevent over-cooking or burning.
This croissant french toast bake is just about perfect for any homemade breakfast or brunch, whether it’s a special occasion or just a regular Sunday! If you’re hosting family for the holidays and need an easy breakfast for Christmas morning or Easter brunch, this will be your new go-to recipe.
Serve this baked croissant french toast casserole alongside these other breakfast staples for a full spread the whole family will enjoy:
- Fresh fruit or fruit salad
- Scrambled eggs and bacon
- Orange juice, coffee, or tea
One batch (4 croissants) of this recipe is enough for about 4 people if you’re serving it alongside other breakfast foods. However, if you’re planning to just enjoy some delicious french toast casserole and nothing else, plan for one batch to feed about 2 to 3 people.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This french toast breakfast bake made with croissants is an easy alternative to traditional french toast. One of the reasons we love it so much is that you get all the flavor of true french toast, with no mess and totally hands-off cooking. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to scale for feeding a crowd if you’re hosting lots of friends and family!
Not to mention, your mouth will start salivating as this bakes. It’ll make your entire kitchen smell like the best bakery you’ve ever been to.
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Croissant French Toast Bake
- 4 croissants
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- Powdered sugar optional topping
- Maple syrup for serving
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and find a shallow casserole dish. Gently tear the croissants into roughly 1-inch pieces and stuff them into the bottom of the casserole dish, making sure they're packed tightly in a single layer. (Note that for scaling this recipe, you will have to adjust the size of your casserole dish.)
- Next, make the french toast custard. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Then add the vanilla extract, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and whisk thoroughly to combine.
- Finally, pour the custard evenly over the croissant pieces in the casserole dish, making sure the croissants are covered completely in liquid.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, until slightly puffed and golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes away clean. Let cool at least 5 minutes.
- Optionally dust with powdered sugar, then serve immediately with maple syrup.