Oven-baked Croissant French Toast

This weeks recipe was submitted by Food to Share volunteer Misu.  Thanks Misu!

 

This is perhaps not the most nutritious of our recipe blog posts, but we need affordable and delicious treats sometimes too! This recipe is inspired by the bakery croissants that are on sale at Metro for $3.99/dozen, oranges and Simply Orange juice that is also on sale for $3.99. This is one of my favourite ways to eat croissants and it’s a perfect recipe for a birthday or Mother’s Day breakfast because it seems very fancy and special but it is actually very easy to make.

 

This recipe is based on the recipe Baked Croissant French Toast With Orange Syrup from foodnetwork.com.

 

Ingredients

         3 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk (or 2% or whatever you have in your fridge!)
  • Grated zest of 1 orange (also on sale at metro)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 croissants, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade (if you do not want to have the orange syrup, just skip the marmalade and use maple syrup instead or you can follow the same method of making the syrup using any jam you have on hand)

Directions

Whisk the eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, the milk, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla in a large bowl. Put the croissants in an 8-inch-square baking dish, squeezing them in to fit in a single layer. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants, then put a plate on top and press down to keep them submerged. Let soak in the refrigerator, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the plate from the croissants, cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until set, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Uncover the baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and broil until the sugar is bubbling in spots, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the marmalade with 1/4 cup water in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave until warm, 1 to 2 minutes or simmer in a sauce pan on the stove until warm. Serve on the side.

Variations

I have made variations of this recipe many times. Rather than baking them whole, you can slice them, as you would for a sandwich, and put in a filling of your choice, for example, jam, sliced bananas, cream cheese and blueberries, pears, you name it! You can also cut the croissants up into small square pieces and add chunks of cream cheese and berries before covering the mixture in the egg custard.

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