Brunch Bliss with Nulaid – Make this Croissant Bake for Mother’s Day

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Gifts are one way to show appreciation, but if you truly want to make Mom feel loved this Mother’s Day, treat her to a delightful Sunday brunch. Layered with caramelised onions, Gypsy ham roses, creamy egg custard and chives, she’ll savour every bite of this elevated yet easy Croissant Bake made with Nulaid Free Range Eggs.

Everything you love about breakfast croissant sandwiches, transformed into one decadent brunch bake.

A Fresh Egg is… Nulaid

Brunch is the best meal of the day, and the one ingredient you can’t go wrong with is eggs, which is why we always keep fresh Nulaid Free Range Eggs on the kitchen counter. Whether boiled, poached or whisked, eggs are super versatile.

Sate mom’s sweet tooth by incorporating them into tasty bakes. If she prefers savoury treats, she’ll love this Cheese, Ham & Caramelised Onion Croissant Bake – it’s the perfect Mother’s Day recipe for an elevated brunch.

All the flavours come together with a savoury egg custard by whisking Nulaid Free Range Eggs with double thick cream…

Let’s Do Brunch!

This dish is everything you love about breakfast croissant sandwiches, transformed into one decadent brunch bake that’s simple to make. Chunks of buttery croissant, layered with cheesy egg custard, Gypsy ham roses and caramelised onion – absolutely divine!

All the flavours come together with a savoury egg custard by whisking Nulaid Free Range Eggs with double thick cream, milk and wholegrain mustard to balance the rich flavours. For a bit of cheesy goodness, add Gruyère and white cheddar to the egg custard, then pour the mixture over the croissants. Elevate the dish by folding the Gypsy ham slices into roses and placing them between the croissant chunks.

To complement the flavours, dollop with caramelised onions and sprinkle with extra cheese before baking it in the oven ‘til golden brown and delicious. Garnish with Everything Bagel Sprinkle and chopped chives. If mom is not a morning person, surprise her with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or, better yet, mimosas for a touch of sophistication. Lastly, tuck into this delectable dish and enjoy a bit of everything in one bite.

Recipe: Cheese, Ham & Caramelised Onion Croissant Bake

Brunch doesn’t get more delicious than this! Buttery, salty and sweet flavours are baked into one decadent savoury bake – ideal for an elevated yet easy Mother’s Day brunch.

Serves: 6 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Difficulty: easy


Caramelised Onion

2 large white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
drizzle of olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 ml) butter
1 Tbsp (15 ml) sugar

Croissant Bake

6 croissants, torn into 3-4 pieces each
6 large Nulaid Free Range Eggs
1½ C (375 ml) milk
1 C (250 ml) double thick cream
1 Tbsp (15 ml) wholegrain mustard
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
a crack of black pepper
1 C (250 ml) grated white cheddar cheese
½ C (125 ml) grated Gruyère cheese
250 g Gypsy ham

To Serve 

1 Tbsp (15 ml) finely chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Everything Bagel Sprinkle (optional)


Caramelised Onion

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once heated, add the sliced onions and cook slowly, stirring every so often to prevent catching. When the onions have softened, add the butter and sugar, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the onions are a dark golden brown and well caramelised.

Croissant Bake

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.

Add the torn croissant pieces to the baking dish. Add the milk, cream, eggs, mustard, salt and a good crack of black pepper to a large jug. Whisk lightly with a fork to break the yolks and combine the mixture. Add ¾ of the total amount of cheese (cheddar and Gruyère, mixed) to the egg mixture, reserving the rest for garnish.

Tuck the ham slices in between the chunks of croissant, and then evenly dot around spoonfuls of caramelised onion. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the egg custard is set. For the last 10 minutes, remove the foil and allow the top to brown.

To Serve

As the dish comes out of the oven, sprinkle over the Everything Bagel spice mix, then garnish with chives and serve.

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