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Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake

Treat your family and friends to a breakfast gift this year with this Easy Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Croissant Apple Breakfast Bake.

It will be a deliciously sweet start to a very wonderful day!

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As you can see from the photos and title, I’m featuring this recipe as a holiday treat.

However, the first time I served this amazing breakfast casserole was in the summer when we vacationed with my husband’s family in Northern Wisconsin.

Please make sure you make this recipe throughout the entire year. It’s so good you won’t want to limit it just to the holidays! 😉

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Easy Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Croissant Apple Breakfast Bake is available near the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list for making  this Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake is as follows;

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed;

That’s it! You can get much easier than that!!

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How long will this apple croissant breakfast bake take to assemble?

If you have 15 spare minutes, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying this sweet apple breakfast casserole.

How long should this make-ahead casserole be refrigerated before baking?

At least 4 hours, but overnight is even better!

Once it’s been refrigerated, what do I need to do to this easy breakfast casserole before baking?

I recommend you let the casserole to sit at room temperature before baking for at least 30 minutes.

It’s not imperative, but the cooking time will be slightly less if you do.

How many people will the apple croissant breakfast bake serve?

This casserole should serve at least 10 moderately hungry people.

Can other pie fillings be used?

Sure thing! I recommend a fruit pie filling.

I maybe wouldn’t use a pumpkin pie filling (but then again, maybe I would).

Have fun experimenting now that you know the basic method!

The instructions for making Apple Breakfast Bake;

Please make sure to view the video for the easy visual step-by-step instructions.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, melted butter, milk, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Break the croissants into small bite-sized pieces and place them evenly into a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the croissants, making sure to press the croissants into the egg mixture.
  • Top the casserole evenly with the apple pie filling.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and allow the casserole to sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  • Place the Croissant Apple Bake in the preheated oven and bake for 90 minutes, or until the casserole is puffed, browned and cooked through in the center, the toothpick test works well to test the doneness. 
  • Cool slightly before serving and serve with a light dusting of confectioners sugar (not shown) and maple syrup if desired.
 

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Easy Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Croissant Apple Breakfast Bake

4.67 from 9 votes
Easy Make-Ahead Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
refrigerate
4 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

Start any morning with this easy make-ahead breakfast bake that you've assembled the night before. It's the perfect sweet start to any day.

Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: apple croissant breakfast bake, make-ahead sweet breakfast bake
Servings: 10
Calories: 493 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 8 large croissants broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 10 large eggs
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup plus additional for serving
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cans apple pie filling
  • confectioners sugar optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, butter, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Place the broken croissants evenly into the bottom of a prepared 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with baking spray.

  3. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the broken croissant pieces, making sure to press the croissants into the egg mixture.

  4. Spread the apple pie filling evenly over top of the croissant egg mixture.

  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but overnight is best.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.

  7. Allow the croissant bake to sit at room temperature at least 45 minutes before baking.

  8. Bake the casserole for 90 minutes, or until the center is set, the casserole is puffed, and the top is golden brown.

  9. Allow the casserole to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

  10. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving and additional maple syrup if desired.

Recipe Notes

Make this casserole in advance and refrigerate at least 4 hours (overnight is preferred) for best flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Make-Ahead Apple Croissant Breakfast Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 493 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 232mg77%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for this make-ahead sweet apple breakfast bake as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have to make this for breakfast next weekend! It looks so delicious!! A perfect recipe to use up all those apples that we picked in October.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never tried a breakfast bake like this before, and it looks so decadent and sounds so easy! Such a great idea, I’m so looking forward to making this soon!

  3. 5 stars
    This would b a dream to wake up to on Christmas morning, Renee!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful way to start Christmas! So easy and looks delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a great way to start our Christmas!

  6. We always have a crowd during the holiday season and this year we want to mix it up a bit! Love this idea of using croissants to make this breakfast bake!

  7. 5 stars
    This was INCREDIBLE! Felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast! 🙂

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