Easy Leftover Croissant French Toast Bake

Got some leftover croissants going stale in the house? Make this Leftover Croissant French Toast Bake! This is seriously the best way to spend any leftover stale croissants and makes the perfect sweet breakfast dish. It’s not at all complicated. You simply have to make the custard, let the croissant soak in it, and pop it into the oven. Easy peasy, right? Feel free to swap it around with Pain Au Chocolat or other pastries/bread too – it’s a very versatile one and, of course, a totally delicious one!

*This recipe is originally created as a collaboration with Toshiba Lifestyle UK and has been slightly modified for a different cooking method.

The idea of a French Toast bake is all about convenience. Instead of frying each slice of bread one by one, you get to cook as many as you want in one go. Although this does raise the question of whether a Baked French Toast Casserole is essentially Bread Pudding? Looking at my Pain Au Chocolat Bread & Butter Pudding recipe, I’d say the basics are very much similar but there are small differences in cooking time and temperature. Honestly, I don’t know the answer. But as long as it’s delicious, it doesn’t really matter, right?

How to make French Toast bake with Leftover Croissants

Ingredients

  • Croissant – at least a day-old and ideally slightly stale
  • Eggs, Milk & Cream, Sugar, Vanilla – to make the custard mixture

For the Maple Mascarpone Cream Topping (optional):

  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Maple Syrup

Recipe notes

  • It is essential to be using croissants that are at least a day old. Bread/pastries that are slightly going stale are best for making the likes of French Toast and Bread Puddings. This is because that slightly hardened and dried out texture is best for soaking up the custard without going soggy.
  • Baking at a relatively high temperature allows the surface of the french toast to lightly crisp up. This generates more texture as you enjoy the baked french toast.
  • If not making the Maple Mascarpone topping, simply dust icing sugar on top over your baked croissant french toast and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup!

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Easy Leftover Croissant French Toast Bake

ET Food Voyage
Got croissants going stale? Then it's perfect to make this Leftover Croissant French Toast Bake, which is the easiest breakfast dish ever!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine European
Servings 2 people
Calories 502 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large Croissants (day-old and slightly stale)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ cup Double Cream
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

For the Mascarpone Topping (optional)

  • 125 g Mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, double cream, sugar, and vanilla to make the custard mixture.
    2 Eggs, ½ cup Milk, ½ cup Double Cream, 3 tbsp White Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Preheat your oven to 200°C. Grease a baking dish with butter.
  • Slice croissants into halves or quarters. Line them up into the baking dish in one layer.
    2 large Croissants (day-old and slightly stale)
  • Pour half the custard mixture over the layer, then top the dish with remaining croissants and pour in the remaining custard until completely soaked.
  • Place the baking dish into the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden with a light crisp.
  • To make the maple mascarpone topping, simply whisk together Mascarpone and Maple Syrup until creamy. Top it over the fresh toast (cooled down) and serve either warm or cold.
    125 g Mascarpone, 1 tbsp Maple Syrup

Notes

  • Use croissants that are at least a day old. Bread/pastries that are slightly going stale are best for making the likes of French Toast and Bread Puddings. This is because that slightly hardened and dried out texture is best for soaking up the custard without going soggy. 
  • Baking at a relatively high temperature allows the surface of the french toast to lightly crisp up. This generates more texture as you enjoy the baked french toast.
  • If not making the Maple Mascarpone topping, simply dust icing sugar on top over your baked croissant french toast and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup!
Keyword Breakfast, Easy Recipes, French Toast

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