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Baked Pumpkin French Toast

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As the leaves outside begin to don their vibrant autumnal hues and a crispness fills the morning air, there's no better way to welcome the cozy comforts of fall than with a plate of warm, fragrant Baked Pumpkin French Toast. This delightful twist on a classic breakfast favorite transforms your ordinary morning routine into a celebration of the season's most beloved flavors. Imagine thick slices of bread, soaked in a luscious pumpkin-spiced custard, baked to golden perfection, and crowned with a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Whether you're gathering with loved ones for a leisurely weekend brunch or simply treating yourself to a special weekday morning indulgence, this recipe will fill your kitchen with the essence of autumn and your heart with the joy of the season. Join us on a culinary journey that combines the essence of fall with the comforting charm of French toast – it's a recipe that's sure to become a cherished tradition in your home.

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

During the fall it's Pumpkin everything: pumpkin drinks, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin candy, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin donuts, etc.  You name it, you'll find it in pumpkin!  haha!  And this decadent Baked Pumpkin French Toast is one you'll want to be sure to add to your Fall breakfast rotation.  

It's perfect absolutely anytime of year but would be especially delicious on a cool, crisp fall morning with a hot cup of coffee!  Oh, yum!  The spice of the pumpkin blends beautifully with the maple syrup to create the perfect combination of flavor and down-home comfort.  Serve with a side of fruit and you have an amazing breakfast!

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A Fun Spin On French Toast!

This is also a great way to break up the monotony of having cereal or toast or nothing for breakfast every morning. And I bet you'd probably be able to get the whole family to indulge on this one with no problem!  

Who wouldn't love to have their own personal little serving full of moist, pumpkin-y goodness for breakfast?!?  I know I would!  But don't limit this amazing dish to just breakfast.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat this is as an after-the-kids-are-in-bed treat in the evening.  Such a cozy way to end the day!

Unlike traditional french toast, this recipe doesn't require dipping bread and cooking right when you're ready to eat it.  I love that it's assembled the night before and ready to go for me the next morning!  And because it sits overnight, the bread has lots of time to soak up the delicious pumpkin and maple flavors!

FAQ for Baked Pumpkin French Toast

1. Can I prepare this recipe in advance?

  • Absolutely! Baked Pumpkin French Toast is perfect for preparing ahead of time. You can assemble it the night before, refrigerate it, and bake it in the morning. This makes it an ideal dish for brunch gatherings or busy weekday mornings when you want something special without the rush.

2. What type of bread works best for this recipe?

  • Thick and sturdy bread like brioche, challah, or a rustic country loaf is ideal. These bread types can hold up to the custard mixture without becoming too soggy. You can also use whole wheat or gluten-free bread if you prefer.

3. Can I use canned pumpkin puree?

  • Yes, canned pumpkin puree works perfectly in this recipe. Just make sure it's 100% pure pumpkin puree without added spices or sugar.

4. Can I substitute another type of milk for the whole milk or half-and-half?

  • Yes, you can use any milk you prefer, including skim milk, 2%, almond milk, or oat milk. Keep in mind that using a milk with higher fat content will yield a richer custard.

5. How can I make this recipe vegan?

  • To make a vegan version of Baked Pumpkin French Toast, use plant-based milk (like almond, soy, or oat milk) and replace the eggs with a suitable egg substitute like flax eggs or silken tofu.

6. Can I adjust the sweetness level?

  • Absolutely. You can adjust the sweetness by increasing or decreasing the amount of sugar or maple syrup in the custard mixture to suit your taste.

7. Do I have to serve it with maple syrup?

  • While maple syrup adds a delightful touch, you can serve Baked Pumpkin French Toast with other toppings like fresh berries, whipped cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar for a different flavor profile.

8. Can I freeze leftovers?

  • Yes, you can freeze leftovers. Allow them to cool completely, then wrap individual portions in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Reheat in the oven or microwave when you're ready to enjoy them again.

9. Can I customize the spices in this recipe?

  • Certainly! Feel free to adjust the spice blend to your liking. You can add more cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a pinch of cloves for a richer flavor.

10. How long does it take to bake? – The baking time typically ranges from 30 to 40 minutes, or until the French toast is golden brown and set in the center. Keep an eye on it, as the exact time can vary depending on your oven and the thickness of your bread slices.

As you savor the last sweet, cinnamon-kissed bite of your Baked Pumpkin French Toast, we hope this recipe has brought the warmth and flavors of autumn straight to your table. Embrace the changing seasons with each mouthful, and let this delightful dish be a reminder that the simple pleasures of good food and the company of loved ones can make every day feel like a celebration. Share this recipe with friends and family, create new memories, and relish in the magic of fall. Until next time, may your mornings be filled with the delicious comforts of homemade delights and the beauty of the season. Happy baking!

Print the recipe below and be sure to let me know if you give it a try what you think!

Yield: 9

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

pumpkin batter

A fall spin on French toast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 c. Almond Milk
  • 3 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
  • 9 pieces Thick French Bread
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla, pumpkin spice, almond milk and maple syrup. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
  2. Place 6 ramekins on a baking sheet. Tear apart 1 1/2 pieces of the french bread for each ramekin and fill halfway with the bread. Pour the egg mixture over the bread distributing evenly between the 6 ramekins. Pat down the bread with a spoon so it soaks up the egg mixture then fill the reminder of the ramekin with bread. Pour remaining egg mixture into each ramekin and pat down again.
  3. Cover the ramekins with saran wrap and refrigerate 12 hours.
  4. Remove ramekins from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350. Remove the saran wrap and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
  5. Each serving will settle a bit once removed from the oven.
  6. Sprinkle with brown sugar and maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!

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