Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast

#PSL... not Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Pumpkin Spice Life. Are you about it? I personally don't drink coffee but tend to get a kick out of how the food industry rolls out countless Fall twists on our favorite foods; simply by making a Pumpkin Spice version. I decided to give in a little this year, and experiment with pumpkin! I love Pumpkin Pie... the ginormous $5 Pumpkin Pie from Costco is one of my favorite things about the holidays. Adding pumpkin puree and a few spices to a classic French Toast recipe is an easy way to get in the holiday spirit. I love the twist on simple French Toast. The spices are so warming and cozy, and the pumpkin flavor compliments the custard so well! Let's get cookin :) 

What You Need: (Serves 2, Yields about 4-6 pieces)

- 4-6 slices toast - Texas toast, Challah, French Bread

-3 oz milk 

- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

- 2 eggs

- 1 tbsp packed light-brown sugar

- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 

- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

- 1/8 tsp ground ginger

- butter for griddle

- powdered sugar, whipped cream, and syrup or agave for serving

What To Do:

- This recipe is super simple! If you're using fresh bread, I like to lightly toast the slices or toss them in a low oven for a few minutes. You can also use bread that's sat out overnight - the more dry the bread is, the better for soaking up the custard. 

- In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger until combined. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish. 

- If you've purchased a loaf of bread, slice off 1/2"-3/4" thick slices of bread. It's ideal to use stale or lightly toasted bread for French Toast. Dip each piece of bread into the mixture, making sure the bread soaks up the mixture very well on both sides. Allow the custard to soak thru to the center. 

- Heat a griddle to 350F or a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Butter the surface. Once the butter melts and begins to bubble, transfer a piece of bread to the skillet/griddle. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, then flip the French Toast to the opposite side and cook until the other side is also golden brown. That's it! Continue to butter the skillet/griddle for each piece of Pumpkin French Toast. 

Serve a stack of Pumpkin French Toast with a pad of butter, some whipped cream, powdered sugar, and maple syrup! I like substituting agave nectar for syrup :) This is the easiest recipe ever and will get you in the mood for Fall. Pumpkin French Toast is decadent without being too sweet, and is just enough of a twist to switch up your normal breakfast or brunch routine! What dishes are you craving for the holidays? 

If you've tried any recipes from the blog, let me know! I love to hear about your experiences; good or bad :) Hope you all have a great week!