Croissant French Toast

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There is not one diner in the South that doesn’t serve French Toast! This American classic follows a similar process to the Spanish torrijas, but is a lot healthier! These are perfect for an impromptu breakfast or an elegant brunch. You can adorn them with your favorite toppings, or let your guests decide. The mix of spices with the orange zest, combined with the sweetness of the croissants gives the perfect balance between earthy and sweet. You can have these on your table in 15 minutes for less than 10 euros!

Croissant French Toast

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Yields: 8-10
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons of orange zest
  • 10 day-old mini croissants
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Powdered sugar [optional]
  • Syrup [optional]


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange juice, orange zest, sugar, and all of the spices.
  2. Cut the croissants in half, then place them quickly into the mixture, coating them evenly on both sides. The croissants will disintegrate if soaked too long in the mixture. Set aside on a plate.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Melt just enough butter to coat the pan, and then add the croissants, cut-side down.
  4. Cook on the first side for 3 to 4 minutes. With a spatula, move the croissants around to ensure they do not burn. Once golden brown, carefully flip them to the other side and let them cook for 2 minutes, or until done. Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, strawberries or your favorite topping!


The amount of time to coat the French toast properly in the egg mixture depends on the freshness of the croissants. The older the croissants, the more you need to coat them. If the croissants are drenched, they will not cook.

You can substitute almond milk for whole milk to enhance the flavor or if you have lactose intolerance.


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