This one had to cut the line because Trader Joe’s goodies aren’t always there forever! I used croissant bread for this nutella croissant baked french toast but a few large croissants chopped up would work the same too! The real trick is in the nutella…
I froze little blobbies of nutella (technical term) to easily insert that flavor without becoming a sticky mess! It was delicious and only took 10 minutes to be frozen!
Nutella Croissant Baked French Toast:
3 tablespoons nutella
1/2 loaf croissant bread (or 3-4 croissants)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup (more for serving)
Spoon ~1/2 teaspoon blobs of nutella onto a sheet of wax paper and freeze for about 10 minutes – 1 day.
Chop the bread (or croissants)
Whisk together the eggs, cream, extract, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Pour the croissant pieces into the liquid mix and stir to coat well- being careful to saturate it well but not break the bread up.
Spoon about half of the mix into a baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Pop about half of the nutella chunks in, then repeat: add the remaining croissant mix and last nutella chunks.
Cover and refrigerate overnight (or bake and enjoy immediately).
Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees covered, and another 10 minutes uncovered.
Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
This was great! What’s not to love?? The big pockets of nutella were great and baked french toast aka, bread pudding is so much easier than whole pieces of french toast. The little guy liked it. He usually just sees nutella if he requests “fancy toast”.