Croissant French Toast Bake

Croissant French Toast Bake takes a classic French toast bake and makes it with buttery, flaky croissants. Perfect to feed a crowd or for holidays!

Lately we’ve been loving using croissant’s in different Breakfast Recipes. They’re the perfect bread that works well with both savory and sweet dishes. If you love this Croissant Bake, be sure to try Chocolate Chip Croissant Casserole and Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole next.

Croissant French Toast Bake with maple syrup

CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST BAKE

When it comes to classic, easy, and sweet breakfasts pancakes, waffles, and French Toast top the list every time. Unfortunately, even though these recipes are easy, making them can be time consuming. Sure, there’s just a few ingredients to whip together, but then you have to stand over a frying pan or griddle to make each serving individually. 

Well, breakfast bakes are the perfect answer to this problem. This French Toast Bake is just as easy to prep as a classic French Toast Recipe, but you get to put it all in one baking dish and let the oven do the cooking. 

Making a breakfast bake is an especially good idea if you’re serving a big group. Pull this recipe out for your next family get-together, Sunday brunch, or holiday. It’s easy to make, but still impressive and delicious enough for a special occasion. In fact, it’s so easy your kids could even try their hand at it for a delicious Mother’s Day dish. 

With the sweet brown sugar and cinnamon custard baked into croissants, this dish is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Baking it in the oven makes the outside of the croissants become slightly crisp while the inside remains buttery and slightly moist. Put it out with maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, and other easy toppings for the perfect breakfast. 

Croissant French Toast Bake in white baking dish

USE OLDER BREAD FOR FRENCH TOAST BAKES

This recipe is perfect for if you have any croissants that are a couple days past their prime. That’s right, the next time you realize your croissants have become too stale for a sandwich, there’s no need to despair. Instead, turn those croissants into a delicious French Toast Bake.

Using slightly old bread in French toast helps the bread pieces to absorb all the flavorful custard. It won’t actually taste stale when you eat it. Baking with the custard will make the croissants buttery, flaky, and give them a slight crispness.

If you just bought some fresh croissants for this recipe, you can still make them work. Try leaving them out at room temperature overnight to dry out a little. Another option is to toast them in the oven for a few minutes. Either way they’ll be a little more crisp and ready to go. 

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VARIATIONS ON CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST BAKE

  • More bread options: Although using cubed croissants makes a wonderful change to classic French toast, there are plenty of other breads you can use in this recipe. Some breads that work well in French toast are Texas toast, French bread, sourdough, challah, and brioche. Of course if you have any dietary restrictions, you can also make this recipe with gluten-free bread or any other kind you need. 
  • Meat add-ins: To add some savory ingredients to this sweet French Toast Bake try mixing in some bacon bits or sausage with the custard mixture. The maple syrup and meat will pair wonderfully together. If you do add bacon or sausage, be sure to brown the meat before adding it to your bread mixture. 
  • More add-ins: There are plenty of other delicious add-ins you can try besides meat. Try some nuts like chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds. You can mix the nuts into the custard or just add them to the top of the bake. Either way, they’ll add a lot of nice texture and crunch. You could also add raisins, or fruits like blueberries or bananas. 

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HOW TO STORE CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST BAKE

  • Serve: To keep it fresh, you shouldn’t leave any leftover French Toast Bake at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: Once it’s cooled, cover the dish or put it in another airtight container. Properly sealed, the breakfast bake will stay good in the fridge for up to a week. 
  • Freeze: To keep your Croissant Bake longer store it in the freezer. It will stay good for up to 3 months. 

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Croissant French Toast Bake

Croissant French Toast Bake takes a classic French toast bake and makes it with buttery, flaky croissants. Perfect to feed a crowd or for holidays!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Croissant French Toast Bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 264 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk , (or evaporated milk)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar , packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 large croissants , cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8x10 baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the croissant pieces and gently stir until custard is soaked in.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Croissant French Toast Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 274mg12%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 578IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Just made for Christmas morning brunch. It was a hit with the family. I sprinkled powdered sugar on top and had berries on the side. This is my new go to for baked French toast. Ty ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Sabrina! Love your recipes, every one I have made have been a hit.
    I was wondering on this recipe, what is the size of the croissant you use.
    I normally purchase Costco croissants and they are quite large.
    Thanks and keep up the great recipes.