I’m writing to you today, friends, on the premise that done is better than perfect. I’m writing to you today so you can dream about brunching by the seaside while you’re at work today. I’m writing to you today because I love you, and I want you to be happy, and bacon can only improve your life. Let’s all take a deep breath. Maybe you’re already feeling completely chill. Maybe you’re already in brunch mode. Maybe you have a little extra time, and you want to just go ahead and make me a drink and eat some Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream. We can all use a little more awesome.
This recipe is inspired by my favorite Waikiki brunch spot, Hula Grill. I’ve posted some photos of their ridiculous croissant french toast with bacon cream, and a few people have remarked they’d like to be stuffing that in their own faces. Good news, kids. It’s super easy to make at home. All you need is some day old croissants, eggs, milk, fresh whipped cream and some extra crispy bacon. A few drops of maple extract adds an extra depth of flavor, but you can live without it.
Making French toast is almost too easy. Folding bacon into whipped cream doesn’t happen nearly often enough. Marrying those two things together is going to make your weekend super awesome. May I suggest a side of Pumpkin Spice White Russians? Did I say awesome?
It’s time for brunching. Relax, eat, breathe, love.
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 drops maple flavoring oil or extract
- 1 slice crispy bacon, broken into small pieces
- 2 croissants, day old is best
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Using a mixer or a whisk and a strong arm, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and maple flavoring oil until you get stiff peaks. A cold bowl and a cold whisk will help speed this along.
- Gently fold in your bacon crumbles. Stash your whipped cream in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
- Put a non-stick skillet over medium heat or preheat a griddle.
- Whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract then pour onto a plate or other shallow dish.
- Slice open your croissants and dip both sides in the egg mixture. Feel free to let it soak a few seconds.
- Cook your croissants in your skillet three or four minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Top each croissant with a large dollop of maple bacon whipped cream and a little extra maple syrup if you like. Eat up, chill out.