Baked French toast is one of the easiest make-ahead breakfast recipes ever. Make it Spring ready by adding bright, fresh fruit such as strawberries. This dairy-free Baked Strawberry Croissant French Toast combines the flaky, airy texture of croissants with a soft, custard-like delight that is French Toast and sweet notes of strawberry. The easiest, delicious way to kick start your morning!
I couldn't resist adding yet another baked french toast recipe to the list of must-haves! One thing about this Baked Strawberry Croissant French Toast is the fact that it uses croissants in place of rustic or bread bread. Trust me, this choice is so worth it!
When it comes to breakfast, sometimes I really enjoy the dishes that remind me of a good dessert early in the morning. Can you relate? There's just something about know that you get to indulge in something sweet and delish as the start to your morning sometimes. Don't believe me----try this Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl. That topping will remind you of a sweet, warm apple crisp with ice cream. Haha.
All things strawberry is right up my alley and this recipe is the epitome of everything strawberry. For an extra kick, I chose to add a bit of strawberry preserves to the batter along with the fresh slices tucked away in between each croissant.
Both baked and pan-fried French toast recipes are delicious, however, I prefer the one that takes less active cooking time, especially on the weekends where I'm extremely laid back.
Instead of frying your French toast in butter over the stove, try a baked version. It's easier to whip together, makes less mess (yes, to tossing everything together in one dish), makes a pretty decent batch for the entire family, and is basically "set it + forget it" vibes (hello, oven).
Make things easier on yourself by baking your French toast. You can even assemble the casserole the night before and bake it once you’re ready to eat!
It's highly recommend that you make your own strawberry jam/compote for this baked french toast dish. If you have fresh strawberries and a bit of sugar on hand, you can whip it up in less than 15 minutes.
Then, you’ll use the compote to infuse the batter with extra strawberry flavor and you can serve it on top!
If you are making this dish for the first time, here are some tips and tricks for a successful Baked Strawberry Croissant French Toast!
Using fresh bread------the fresher the bread, the more moisture inside. Day-old bread absorbs the egg mixture much better than fresh, moist bread. For the same reason, croutons are commonly used in stuffing (which is a savory bread pudding). When it bakes, the stale bread will become eggy and light. The drier the bread at the beginning, the better the bread pudding texture.
This french toast casserole can get bubbly in the oven, so to avoid any spillage, use a high-sided baking dish. You can also bake the casserole on top of a baking sheet for extra protection!
Since this is a breakfast dish, it is a requirement to top it all off with maple syrup. Seriously!
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Baked Strawberry Croissant French Toast.
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Outstanding recipe thanks so much! tasted so much good!
This recipe was gorgeous and luxurious! Making again for Mother's Day!
Hi Cara! Thanks so much! It's definitely one of my fave brunch dishes for Mother's Day! 🙂
This french toast bake was delicious! I just loved the spices you used -- really added a nice flavor depth.
Ohhh I just happen to have a whole box of croissants that I didn't know what to do with. This is perfect!
This strawberry french toast casserole looks incredible. What a great idea to use croissants - a must try!