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Chocolate Croissant French Toast Bake make Valentine's Brunch a SWEET Treat.

Chocolate Croissant French Toast Bake with Fresh Strawberries

Course Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine American, French
Keyword Brunch, Chocolate Croissant, Valentine's Day
Author Alli

Ingredients

  • 8 large croissants sliced in half lengthwise
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar divided use
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries combined with 1 Tbs. granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese with hazelnut spread; spread prepared mixture over sliced croissants, then press the croissant halves back together (sandwich style), cutting each one in half to make two smaller pieces; place into a 9 x 13 pan, snuggling them in to fit.  In a mixing bowl, combine half and half with vanilla, eggs, sugar and melted butter; whisk to combine, then pour over the top of the prepared croissants in the baking dish.  Use a fork to gently press each of the croissants down a bit into the egg mixture; let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 degrees F. if using a glass baking dish). Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, then remove foil and continue to bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool slightly, then top with prepared strawberries.  Drizzle with additional warmed chocolate hazelnut spread, if desired.