My favorite part of a weekend morning, aside from sleeping in, is the ability to quietly tiptoe downstairs while everyone is still asleep and cook a show-stopping breakfast. The weekdays are long and the mornings before school and work are just a frenzy of activity, so breakfast Monday through Friday can be a bit sad: A piece of toast hastily slathered with butter or an energy bar when time is running short. So it should come as no surprise that we all look forward to the weekend of slow scrambled eggs and a platter of warm, sweet almond croissant French toast.
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Baked French toast is really just bread pudding you get to eat in the morning, drizzled with maple syrup. When developing this recipe, I decided to kick it up a few notches with some changes from your run-of-the-mill French toast recipes. First, instead of bread, I opted for almond croissants (during a magical trip to Paris, I picked up almond croissants constantly!). The creamy, nutty filling and the toasted almond topping gives it a sweetness and crunch, one that nut lovers will approve. I also swapped vanilla extract for almond because I wanted to really taste the almond flavor. It’s also worth noting that you can make this recipe with almond croissants alone or add in some regular croissants as well. I like a mix of both to curb the sweetness of the filling.
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And the best part for me as the chef of the house (and also lover of sleeping in) is this can be made the day before and simply popped in the oven when you are finally ready to wake up and start your day. If you’re filling extra decadent, remember this: Nothing is stopping you from throwing one in the oven on a Tuesday night and making everyone’s hump-day morning extra special with this one-pot wonder.
Baked Almond Croissant French Toast Recipe
Once out of the oven, a generous sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds really takes it over the top. Serve it with berries, whipped cream, and maple syrup, then let everyone customize their plate as they kick back, relax, and enjoy a morning all to our own.
Baked Almond Croissant French Toast
- 4 almond croissants + 3 plain croissants
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 eggs
- 3 teaspoons almond extract
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut up croissants in 2 inch (bite size) pieces.
- Butter a 8 or 9 inch baking dish and add the croissant pieces.
- In a large bowl, combine milk, cream, eggs, extract and sugars.
- Mix to combine and then pour over the croissants.
- Press the croissants down so that the custard begins to cover all.
- At this point, the dish can be refrigerated until ready to cook.
- Place the dish in a preheated oven, covered for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, uncover the dish and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve with fresh berries, whipped cream, syrup and confectioners sugar. Go crazy!
Header image by Anna Gass.