Croissant French Toast Brunch Casserole

Croissant French Toast Casserole

Did you know that National Croissant Day is January 30th each year? The week leading up to the day, I bought all of the ingredients to make homemade croissants. Time got away from me, so I had to change direction. Fast forward to this casserole coming together!

Croissant French Toast Casserole

What Makes this Reduced Guilt?

Fair question. This recipe is not exactly healthy. Definitely a decadent, special occasion treat. I classify this as reduced guilt because it is semi-homemade. The croissants are store bought. I want home bakers to know that it is perfectly okay to use store bought elements. You don’t have to make everything from scratch all of the time. No need to feel guilty about using the box mix or using premade pastry in your creation.

Star Ingredients:

Mini Croissants: Can’t have a croissant casserole without the CROISSANT. This recipe calls for mini croissants but you can definitely use regular without issue!

Spices: Cinnamon, clove, and ginger create the perfect spice flavor for this casserole. The cinnamon adds a sort of richness. Cardamom would be an interesting addition as well!

Nutella: A Nutella Drizzle makes every dish better, am I right? The hazelnut flavor blends so well with the sweetness of the maple syrup and the sharpness of the fresh fruit. If not a Nutella fan, can use regular chocolate or a warm almond butter drizzle.

Making Brunch Magic

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Measuring cups and spoons
  3. Whisk
  4. 2 microwave safe bowls
  5. Pastry brush
  6. 9×13 baking dish (I use Pampered Chef Stoneware)

Ingredients

  • Serves 12
  1. 8-10 mini croissants
  2. 8 large eggs (do not have to be at room temperature)
  3. 6 tbsp melted unsalted butter (slightly cooled)
  4. 2 cups reduced fat milk (nut milks okay too)
  5. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  7. 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  8. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 tsp ground clove
  10. 2 tsp ginger
  11. 1 tsp sea salt
  12. 2 tsp melted butter for baking dish
  13. 1 cup fresh berries
  14. 1/2 cup Nutella
  15. Maple syrup

Process

Preheat oven to 350F

Combine eggs, milk, cream, 6 tbsp melted butter (slightly cooled), sugar, vanilla, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth.

Use a pastry brush to spread 2 tsp melted butter on bottom and sides of 9×13 baking dish

Tear croissants into varying sizes and place on bottom of baking dish. Pour custard mixture over croissant pieces and push down on croissants to ensure fully in liquid. The croissant will soak up some of the liquid mixture – this is key

Bake for 40-45 minutes – until croissants are golden and custard firm

Microwave Nutella until drizzling consistency and drizzle over casserole. Top with fresh berries and maple syrup.

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Croissant French Toast Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 40 minutesTotal time: 55 minutesServings:12 servings

Description

Decadent Croissant French Toast Casserole. Perfect for your next brunch gathering!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat to 350F
  2. Combine eggs, milk, cream, melted butter (slightly cooled), sugar, vanilla, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth
  3. Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter on bottom and sides of 9×13 baking dish
  4. Tear croissants into varying sizes and place on bottom of buttered baking dish. Pour custard mixture over croissant pieces and push down on croissants to ensure in liquid
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes – until croissants are golden and custard firm
  6. Microwave Nutella for 30 seconds or until desired drizzling consistency and drizzle over casserole. Top with fresh berries and syrup and serve.

Notes

  • Can be prepped night before. Just put plastic wrap over casserole dish and store in fridge until ready to bake. Let sit at room temp while oven preheating
  • Best eaten warm but will keep in fridge for 2-3 days
  • Drizzle and toppings are optional and can be changed up as desired
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Rachelbakesathome

SC based recipe and content developer, food photographer and stylist, and blogger with a focus on reduced-guilt recipes. I believe food is meant to be enjoyed but shouldn't require cups of sugar and artificial ingredients to taste good. I create easy recipes for savory and sweet eats and treats, bright cocktails, as well as fun meal prep tips and tricks. Grab a fork and dig in!

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