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Overnight Croissant “French Toast” Bake

Chef's Note:

A lot of times, after prepping items for Christmas Day lunch on Christmas Eve, you feel too exhausted to even think about preparing a heavy traditional breakfast the next morning. You want to get food on the table fast before you focus on the big Christmas lunch or dinner. Go the continental route and serve this overnight prepped dish that will set your entire family in a good mood on Christmas morning. A sweet treat you can serve with a side of fruits for a simple but delightful holiday breakfast or go the extra mile and pair with a side of eggs, bacon, sausages, smoked marlin or smoked salmon for an easy brunch spread. Serve with your hot chocolate, tea, coffee or even eggnog. Feeling naughty? Make it festive and serve with mimosas!

  • Serves: 6


Butter, for greasing
250ml/1 cup heavy cream
250ml/1 cup milk
4 egg yolks
4 tbsps/¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 large French bread, sliced
6 tbsps guava jam
4 tbsps/ ¼ cup sliced almonds (optional)
100g fresh blueberries
100g fresh raspberries
100g fresh strawberries
Butter, for greasing
Icing sugar to serve


1. Butter an ovenproof 8 by 12 inch baking dish.
2. First make a custard by heating the cream and milk to just under boiling point and remove from the heat.
3. In a bowl whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla.
4. Pour into cooled cream mixture, mix to combine and set aside.
5. Spread each slice half with butter and jam.
6. Place the French bread slices in the baking dish and pour over the custard.
7. Cover and refrigerate.
8. The next morning switch on the oven to preheat to 350F and remove the prepared baking dish from the fridge. Remove the covering, sprinkle over the sliced almonds and place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden.
9. While it’s baking, prepare your other breakfast/brunch items.
10. When the overnight “French toast” is ready, remove from oven to rest for 5 minutes. Once ready to serve, top with some berries and sieve over some icing sugar.