Apple Crisp Stuffed Croissants French Toast Bake


This irresistible Apple Crisp Stuffed Croissants French Toast Bake is made with a creamy apple cheesecake filling that's stuffed in croissants and slow baked like French toast with a crisp golden brown oatmeal topping for an irresistible holiday breakfast!

What is Lifeway Kefir?

Lifeway Kefir is a tart and tangy cultured milk that is high in protein, calcium and vitamin D. Thanks to our exclusive blend of kefir cultures, each cup of kefir contains 12 live and active cultures.

What does Kefir do in baking?

Kefir is a delicious substitute for buttermilk, milk, and sometimes water in baking recipes. It produces a healthy twist, while keeping those irresistible flavors. And because it is fermented and cultures, the kefir adds great texture and taste to just about any baked good!

Where can I buy Lifeway Kefir?

Lifeway Kefir is available in most retail grocers like Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Public, Fresh Market, etc.

Which is awesome for on-the-fly baking excursions 😂

Is Lifeway Kefir healthy?

Kefir is one of the healthier fermented foods that tastes similar to drinkable yogurt as it's traditionally made from dairy milk, but there's also non-dairy options available!

Studies suggest that kefir may boost your immune system, aid in digestive problems, improve bone health, and may even combat cancer.

What are the health benefits of kefir?

  • Fantastic Source of Many Nutrients
  • More Powerful Probiotic than Yogurt
  • Potent Antibacterial Properties
  • Improve Bone Health / Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis
  • May be Protective Against Cancer
  • May help with Digestive Problems
  • And more!

Healthy Baking Tips with Kefir

  • TIP: Use a 1:1 ratio for any buttermilk or milk substitutions.

My family has been baking / cooking with kefir for generations now. And some of my favorite recipes are below:

How to make a croissant French toast bake?

  1. Make the cheesecake stuffing.
  2. Whisk together the milk and eggs for the ~French toast effect~ layer.
  3. Make a slit in the plain croissants, then stuff with the cheesecake filling.
  4. Pour over the milk mixture, then let sit in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to help the croissants absorb the liquids.
  5. Bake until golden brown, and enjoy warm!

Can I make ahead the croissant French toast bake?

Absolutely! I recommend working up to the final step, aka do not bake until ready to serve. This can sit in the fridge covered up to 1 day prior to serving, then just bake as normal.

How to store leftover French toast bake?

I recommend storing any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat at 350F for 8-10 minutes, or fully warmed. Enjoy!

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness! ’till next time! xxL

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Apple Crisp Stuffed Croissants French Toast Bake

A creamy apple cheesecake filling stuffed in croissants and slow baked like French toast with a crisp golden brown oatmeal topping for an irresistible holiday breakfast!



Servings: 12

For the Apple Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 large Apples, preferable Honeycrisp, Green Smith, or Pink Lady
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

For the Kefir Layer:

  • 2 cups Lifeway Kefir Plain
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup, or Brown Sugar

For the Apple Crisp Topping:

  • 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cold Butter, or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 6 Plain Croissants
  • Fresh Mint, for serving


For the Apple Cheesecake Filling:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until very well-combined. Set aside.

For the Kefir Layer:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

For the Apple Crisp Topping:

  1. Mix the rolled oats, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Add the cold butter or olive oil, then mix until evenly incorporated into the oat mix. Set aside.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking pan.
  2. Make a slit in each croissant lengthwise, then stuff generously with the apple cheesecake filling. Place in the prepared baking pan.
  3. Evenly pour the kefir layer over the croissants, cover with a tea towel or Saran Wrap, then let sit for 10-15 minutes to help the croissants absorb the liquids.
  4. Top with the apple crisp topping, then bake covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy warm!

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