Almond Croissant French Toast Bake

Make this Almond Croissant French Toast Bake if you want to impress your friends and family with minimal effort. It’s easy to make and full of delicious flavor – you can even make it ahead!

Croissant French toast bake on a plate.

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Almond Croissant French Toast Bake

When I go to our local public market, one of my favorite things to grab is an almond croissant. They’re perfectly flaky and buttery with the most delicious almond flavor (one of my favorites!). So when I sat down to brainstorm an easy brunch recipe that was sure to impress, almond croissants immediately came to mind.

For me, it’s important to have recipe options that are super easy to throw together, while still producing the flavor that’s sure to impress. This recipe packs a serious flavor punch and it comes out looking gorgeous every time. It can also easily be made ahead if you need to, while still being easy enough to make that you can make it that morning as well.

A full pan of french toast casserole.

Cooking with Karo® Syrup

Karo® Syrup is an ingredient I always have on hand, so the decision to include it in the recipe was easy. I love that you can have a nice smooth texture with balanced sweetness while still letting the true flavor of other ingredients shine through. You can rely on Karo® Syrup for its high quality and consistency. Karo® Syrup is a versatile ingredient that perfects anything- I especially love using it to make a nice, smooth buttercream frosting. And P.S. it’s made with real vanilla, so you don’t even need to use vanilla extract!

A gallon bottle of Karo Syrup.

Tips for making French Toast Casserole

  • I like to use day-old croissants so that they don’t get too soggy while baking.
  • Be sure to grease your pan well. I used cooking spray, but if you have extra time, you can also butter the pan for even better flavor.
  • Make sure you use a super sharp, serrated knife to slice the croissants in half- I prefer a bread knife. And be gentle while you’re doing it so you don’t smush the croissants.
  • I like to dip each croissant half into the egg mixture prior to adding each to the pan and then pour the remaining mixture over the top of the pan once all the croissants are in.
  • I like to shingle the croissant halves in the pan for a pretty presentation.
  • Let the croissants rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes (to overnight) before baking.
  • I bake this covered to start and then uncover for the last 15 minutes to brown the tops. This prevents them from getting too brown.
  • Be sure to let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

An overhead shot of french toast casserole recipe.

What if I forget to get croissants in advance?

No problem- you can lay them on a lined sheet pan, cut side up, and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes to toast them slightly.

Can you soak french toast overnight?

Yes! Soak for at least 20 minutes but you can also do it overnight, just be sure to refrigerate if you’re soaking longer than 20 minutes. And remove the casserole from the refrigerator 20 minutes before baking.

How do you make French toast less soggy?

Day-old or toasted croissants help, but you can also prevent sogginess by letting it sit for less time (so maybe assemble shortly before baking and let it sit for only 20 minutes instead of overnight.

Can french toast be reheated?

Yes- you can store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat the entire pan in the oven or individual pieces in the microwave.

Croissant French Toast Bake on a plate with a piece cut off revealing the center.

Ingredients for making Overnight French Toast

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Karo® Syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • Almond extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • Croissants
  • Cooking spray
  • Sliced almonds
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup (for serving)

A pan of Croissant french toast bake with a portion removed revealing the center.

How to make Baked French Toast Casserole

  1. Slice the croissants and let them sit out overnight.
  2. Mix together milk, eggs, Karo® Syrup, kosher salt, almond extract, ground cinnamon and brown sugar until well combined.
  3. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  4. Dip each croissant half in the egg mixture and then shingle them in the prepared pan.
  5. Pour remaining mixture over the croissants and let them soak for at least 20 minutes to overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Sprinkle sliced almonds and turbinado sugar evenly over the croissants.
  8. Place small cubes of butter onto the top of the croissants.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes and serve with maple syrup.

Croissant French Toast Bake on a plate being drizzled with maple syrup.

5 from 4 votes
Make this Almond Croissant French Toast Bake if you want to impress your friends and family with minimal effort. It's easy to make and full of delicious flavor - you can even make it ahead!
Almond Croissant French Toast Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Resting time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Make this Almond Croissant French Toast Bake if you want to impress your friends and family with minimal effort. It's easy to make and full of delicious flavor - you can even make it ahead!

Course: Breakfast, Main, Main Course, Main dish
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: french toast bake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Karo® Syrup
  • 1 large pinch kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 8 day old croissants, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter, each Tablespoon cut into quarters
  • Maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9" x 13" pan and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, Karo® Syrup, kosher salt, almond extract, ground cinnamon and brown sugar until well combined.

  3. Dip each croissant half in the egg mixture and then shingle them in the prepared pan (8 croissant halves on each side).

  4. Pour remaining mixture over the croissants and let them soak for at least 20 minutes to overnight (if soaking more than 20 minutes cover and refrigerate).

  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you soaked overnight, let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking.

  6. Sprinkle the top of the croissants with sliced almonds and turbinado sugar evenly.

  7. Scatter small cubes of butter onto the tops of the croissants.

  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Uncover and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes and serve with maple syrup.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    annie
    September 17, 2019 at 9:10 pm I'm making this for company! I can't wait to try it!
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    Kimberly
    September 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm This is absolutely screaming my name, looks SO good!
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    Sara Welch
    September 18, 2019 at 12:37 pm This was such a flavorful dish; easily a new family favorite recipe! Looking forward to enjoying this again later this week!
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    Catalina
    September 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm wow! This would be a perfect Sunday brunch! I will try it!
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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    September 18, 2019 at 7:25 pm This Almond Croissant French Toast Bake would be a huge hit in my house!
  • Reply
    Lora
    September 19, 2019 at 6:08 am What a wonderful Sunday brunch idea ...so easy to make and just delightful!
  • Reply
    Michelle Goth
    September 20, 2019 at 12:26 pm Love the idea to use croissants for this overnight bake! Making this for Sunday brunch!
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