Pumpkin French Toast is Texas toast dipped in an eggy pumpkin batter and fried to a golden brown for a hint of pumpkin spice in every bite. If you prefer good old-fashioned French toast, try my Best French Toast recipe.
Pumpkin French Toast
With the Fall season upon us, everything is coming up pumpkin! And, this French toast is no exception. With pure pumpkin and added pumpkin pie spice, this hot breakfast fits perfectly into the trend. With some butter and pure maple syrup, it’s a delicious way to start the day, especially on those cool Autumn mornings. Try my Pumpkin Pancakes and Waffles, too!
Eggs: Make sure the eggs and milk are at room temperature. This helps the ingredients coat the bread and not just slide right off.
Milk: I prefer to use whole milk for the batter. However, you could also use half heavy cream and half milk for an even richer French toast. On the other hand, you could use whatever milk you have on hand like 1% or Skim milk, but that could lead to soggy French toast.
Pumpkin: Look for pure pumpkin, formerly labeled pumpkin puree, for this recipe. Pure pumpkin is cooked pumpkin that is blended or mashed into a smooth texture. There should be no seasoning, spice, flavoring, or sugar added. Do not use pumpkin pie filling.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: For all your pumpkin recipes, including this one, make your own pumpkin pie spice.
Bread: I used Texas toast, but I will go into more detail about suggested slices of bread next.
What is the Best Bread for French Toast?
First and foremost, try not to use fresh bread for making French toast. In fact, it’s a great way to use up older slices of bread. And, when it comes to the kind of bread, I like the thickness of Texas toast (as I used here), brioche bread, challah, or even a baguette. The thicker the bread, the better it will hold the flavors of the batter and the fluffier it will be.
How to Serve Pumpkin French Toast
With just a slab of butter and pure maple syrup, you have a winning breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Or, spruce up the French toast a little more with other toppings. Sprinkle a little confectioners’ sugar over the top with a dollop of whipped cream. You could also try it with flavored butter like cinnamon butter or maple butter (from my Artisan Apple Bread). Yum!
What Does Pumpkin French Toast Taste Like?
When you bite into the fluffy slice of pumpkin French toast, you will get just a hint of pumpkin flavor. It is not too overpowering, so I really think that you could serve this to even the most skeptical.
How to Store
Although French toast is best served immediately, you can store leftover slices in the refrigerator for a couple of days. When ready to enjoy, heat up a slice or two in the microwave, oven, or even a toaster oven (if you know the bread won’t fall apart). You could also reheat the French toast in a skillet.
Pumpkin French Toast
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup (245 g) whole milk, room temperature
- ½ cup (122.5 g) pure pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 10-12 slices Texas toast
- unsalted butter, for topping
- pure maple syrup, for topping
- Preheat a griddle to 350°F. (You could also use a skillet.)
- To a medium bowl, add the eggs, milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until fully combined.
- Lightly spray the preheated griddle with nonstick cooking spray.
- Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, making sure to coat each side of the bread. After coating, hold the slice above the bowl for a few seconds to allow the excess egg mixture to drain.
- Place on the preheated griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Spray more cooking spray onto the griddle between batches, or as needed.
- Serve topped with butter and syrup.
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