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Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole

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The thrill of the Easter Egg hunt is still with me 30+ years later! I have many fond Easter memories from my childhood. The Easter Egg hunt is high on the list, but there’s also a few other cherished memories including the matching Spring outfits my sister and I would receive and Easter breakfast that my parents insisted we eat before the festivities began.

I don’t hunt for chocolate anymore, but I enjoy watching my daughter’s take part in these Easter traditions. We have Easter breakfast, but we do the hunt first! The kid in me approves.

My childhood Easter breakfasts varied depending on who was doing the cooking. My dad’s specialty is fried eggs like Egg in a Hole, Eggs Sunny Side Up, Eggs & Fried Bologna. His sister teases him that eggs are the only thing he knows how to cook. On the other hand, my mom would make a breakfast casserole with ham, veggies and eggs.

While my parents (mostly my mom) found their recipes from cookbooks or relied on memory, these days we’ve also got an extra advantage with the Internet. Burnbrae Farms has a Recipe Nest on their website where you can find loads of delicious and nutritious recipes. Check out their Breakfast or Brunch recipes for some inspiration for Easter!

For Easter breakfast (or brunch), I tend to follow in my mom’s footsteps and stick with casseroles. My favourite are the overnight breakfast casseroles that you prep the night before and bake in the  morning. No muss, no fuss!

I also like using Liquid Eggs in these recipes because of the convenience. I had a carton of Naturegg Simply Eggs from Burnbrae Farms in my fridge ready to go.

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

I had just the recipe in mind to use them in – Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole!

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

Most of the work is done the night before. Place your croissant pieces on the bottom of a baking pan and then pour on your egg mixture. Cover in aluminum foil in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add some fresh strawberries on top and pop in the oven. It will be ready in 30 to 35 minutes.

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

I can’t even describe how GOOD it smells baking! You are in for a real treat. A little bit of decadence in the morning is a good thing! Special occasions and all…..

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

John says it reminds him of a pastry. It does in a way. It’s got the flaky, buttery crossaints with the creamy, smooth egg filling. The strawberries and coconut and dusting of sugar make it complete.

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole

Make this Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole the night before. In the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 6 croissants
  • 1 cup Naturegg Simply Eggs Liquid Egg (or 4 large eggs)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp sugar reserved
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, divided

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan. Break croissants into bite sized pieces and spread on the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. Add in 1 cup of strawberries and stir to combine.
  3. Pour mixture evenly over top of the croissants in the baking pan. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, remove foil and place remaining 1 cup of sliced strawberries evenly on top. Replace foil.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar evenly over casserole. Put back in the oven without foil for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Serve with maple syrup if desired.

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

Easter is a special day so start it off with a special breakfast. I think this casserole fits the bill perfectly!

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!Though it’s not the same recipe my mom used to make, I think she will still be impressed by this one. Change is a good thing!

Strawberry & Coconut Breakfast Casserole - Make the night before and in the morning, bake in the oven for a delicious breakfast!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily change up the fruit if strawberries aren’t your thing. Try it with blueberries, peaches or raspberries. It should still taste just as yummy!

What do you typically make for Easter breakfast (or brunch)?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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