STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CROISSANT FRENCH TOAST BAKE

BY @BRIGHTMOMENTCO / LAUREN SEPHTON

Welcome back to the Fancy Fork! The place to go to know what produce is in season, armed with a recipe using one or more of those seasonal delights. 

While this Strawberries & Cream Croissant French Toast Bake may not be as “healthy” as your morning oatmeal, it sure will have anyone you serve it to falling in love with you…that’s how delicious it is! It’s easy to make, satisfying for a long day ahead, and is almost the definition of the bright, blooming summer season.  

Fun fact—did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? Strawberries are known to have extensive health benefits, despite their sweet little size. They are packed with vitamins, fiber, and high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They can also help lower blood pressure, protect your heart, and guard against cancer. They are quite the package deal!

Other seasonal produce includes avocados, beets, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, green beans, leafy spring greens, fresh herbs, kale, leeks, mango, peas, radishes, rhubarb, and more. Each one, when picked at the peak of its season, carries its own health benefits and lots of flavor to enhance your meals!

Servings: 5-6

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 50 mins

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 5 Plain Croissants, sliced into quarters
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1½ cups Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Fine Sea Salt
  • Whipped Cream, for serving
  • Fresh Strawberries, sliced, for serving
  • Maple Syrup, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ᵒ F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish. 
  2. Add the sliced croissants to the prepared dish in a single layer. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy. 
  4. Evenly pour the cream mixture over the croissants. 
  5. Cover with aluminum foil. Set aside in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. 
  6. Bake covered for 20 minutes, then uncovered for 20-30 minutes. It is done when tops are golden brown, and center is firm. 
  7. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of fresh strawberries, it’s time to grab your fork and enjoy the blossoming spring season delights!

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