Combine the very best bits of croissants, casseroles and French toast, toss them together with fresh berries, and you've got berry croissant puff bake. This tender, creamy puff is made with custard-soaked croissants and a summery combination of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, just barely sweetened with a hint of maple syrup. It's the perfect dish to make for a brunch crowd, as the entire bake is even better when prepared the day before and popped in the oven just 40 minutes before serving.
The recipe relies on a few easy ingredients: store-bought croissants, berries and a homemade custard made with sugar, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup — and a secret ingredient. The cream cheese in this custard is the key to preventing the final dish from becoming too cloying. Instead, it adds a lovely tang that really balances out the sweet berries and maple syrup.