Citrus Spiced Croissant French Toast

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Citrus Spiced Croissant French Toast

Serving Size


45 minutes


15 minutes

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Talk about a game changer on Christmas morning! Feast on this INCREDIBLE Croissant French Toast with a salted crème brûlée sauce, decorated with fresh raspberries and pecan pieces. It's so easy!


  • 5  large eggs whisked together
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 tsp  Orange zest only
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1/4 cup  maple syrup plus more as needed for saucing
  • 6 croissants plus more as needed

Salted Crème Brûlée Sauce:
  • 1 lb  salted butter (4 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

Recipe Info

  1. In a casserole dish, combine the eggs, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, orange zest, Chinese five spice, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine.
  2. Soak croissants 30 minutes, flip croissants 15 minutes into soak to allow custard to fully absorb on each side.
  3. In a non stick skillet set over medium heat, add butter, allow to bubble before placing croissants to pan.
  4. Press croissants down with a spatula to flatten slightly. cook for approximately 3-5 minutes per side or until croissants are nicely browned.
  5. Remove finished croissants to a serving dish. Garnish as needed with fresh fruit, maple syrup, jam or powdered sugar.

For the Salted Crème Brûlée Sauce:
  1. In a medium sized stainless steel pot set over medium low heat, melt butter.
  2. Add Brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla bean paste. Turn up heat to medium and whisk constantly to avoid scorching bottom of sauce.
  3. Continue to whisk until sauce starts to thicken slightly. Turn heat back down to low and cook until large bubbles form and sauce resembles a loose caramel.
  4. Allow sauce to cool and drizzle on everything from pancakes and waffles, brownies or pies. Total cooking time is between 20-25 minutes to achieve optimal thickness.

For the Salted Crème Brûlée Sauce...

Cook Time Minutes:
Prep Time Minutes: 10
Servings: 12

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