This Overnight Croissant French Toast Bake can be prepared ahead of time, perfect for feeding breakfast to a crowd! This baked french toast casserole is perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas or any other brunch!
Who loves brunch? Trick question, EVERYONE loves brunch! The only problem with hosting brunch is having to get up super early to prepare everything. That is why I’m always looking for make ahead brunch recipes like this Overnight Croissant French Toast Bake!
Have you ever made french toast with croissants? It is soooo indulgent and delicious. I first served this for Easter Brunch, and being able to get it ready the night before made hosting brunch so much easier. I think this is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch and also for Christmas morning breakfast!
Easy Make Ahead Brunch Recipe
One thing I love about overnight french toast is that preparing it the night before means making brunch in the morning is a breeze! I hate being stressed and rushing to finish everything while trying to entertain guests. This overnight croissant french toast makes hosting brunch stress free.
I just used store bought croissants here which worked perfectly. Make this french toast bake extra special by serving it with homemade whipped cream, fresh berries and pure maple syrup.
What goes with this french toast casserole for brunch?
Something sweet like this Croissant French Toast Bake goes well with something savory – I like to make my sheet pan bacon to go with this. It also is great for serving a crowd and is an easy brunch recipe. Fresh fruit is another great side dish for french toast. And serving mimosas at brunch is always a good idea! Try my Rose Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas.
Tips for Making Overnight Croissant French Toast Casserole
- Soaking the slices of croissants in the custard liquid before arranging them in the pan will help them soak up the liquid more evenly and avoid having them dry out on top.
- After refrigerating overnight, let the pan sit out at room temperature for about half an hour before baking.
- Adding Grand Mariner to the custard is optional but does really give the flavor an extra pop!
- Make this Overnight French Toast Casserole Extra special but serving it with fresh berries, homemade whipped cream, pure maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar!
Don’t want to wait until tomorrow for a Croissant French Toast Bake? You can bake this french toast casserole right after preparing it if you want to eat it sooner!
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Overnight Croissant French Toast Casserole
- 8 croissants Sliced in half lengthwise.
- 5 eggs beaten
- 1 cup half and half can sub whole milk or heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon grand marnier optional
For Topping French Toast Casserole
- powdered sugar
- fresh berries
- whipped cream
- maple syrup
- Grease a 13 x 9-in. baking dish and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, orange zest, grand marnier, salt and maple syrup. Submerge croissant halves in liquid until completely soaked (this works better than pouring the liquid over the croissants). If you have any liquid left over, pout it over the croissants once they are in the baking dish (I usually do not have left over liquid).
- Arrange croissants in baking dish, overlapping slightly if necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake, up to a day ahead of time.
- When ready to bake, remove dish from fridge and sit at room temperature for half an hour. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Dust french toast bake with powdered sugar and serve with berries, whipped cream and pure maple syrup if desired.