Why wait around until dessert to have pumpkin pie, when you can have it for breakfast, too? Pumpkin pie is a custard-type pie with a filling made with pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, sugar and spices. French toast also has a custard base, made with milk and eggs. It is not a big leap to convert one into the other – and that is exactly what I did to make Pumpkin Pie French Toast.
I started with a mixture that I would typically use for french toast, added pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spices and vanilla to it lots of flavor, and dipped thick slices of challah bread into it. Unlike pumpkin pie filling, I didn’t sweeten the french toast dip because I always serve french toast with plenty of maple syrup, so there is no need for any additional sweeteners. I used a homemade pumpkin pie spice blend, which you can make yourself or buy from the market, but you can substitute your own combination of ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg instead, if you prefer.
If you like pumpkin pie, all you need to know is that you’ll like this french toast a lot. The consistency of the just-cooled french toast is a lot like that of pumpkin pie: creamy, tender and with a good pumpkin flavor. Maple syrup, or powdered sugar if you prefer, is a must, but this dish is definitely going on my weekend breakfast rotation this fall!
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4 slices of bread (pref. challah or brioche)
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree, milk, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Pour into a shallow dish.
Preheat frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with butter or nonstick spray.
Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture, turning once to coat thoroughly.
Cook french toast on preheated griddle until it is cooked through, meaning no liquid should run out when lightly pressed.
Dust plate with ground cinnamon or additional pumpkin pie spice and serve with lots of maple syrup.
Makes 2 servings of 2 slices each. Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
Belinda @zomppaOctober 3, 2010
Dessert for breakfast…why wait…good question!! I’d wake up to these.
Cookie SleuthOctober 3, 2010
I love pumpkin! These and the muffins look great. I don’t know if you have tried the pumpkin bread/muffin mix from Trader Joe’s, but it is an easy way to get your pumpkin fix. I sub canned pumpkin for the oil the recipe on the box calls for.
Mary @ Bites and BlissOctober 3, 2010
Ohh my goodness this looks incredible! Pumpkin pie’s my favorite..I definitely wouldn’t mind having it for breakfast 🙂
LimeCakeOctober 3, 2010
that is a brilliant idea to combine two crazy delicious things! yum!
Lauren at KeepItSweetOctober 4, 2010
yum!!! 2 of my favorite things that i don’t eat nearly enough
JoyOctober 4, 2010
This is perfect for a winter morning.
KerryOctober 4, 2010
This looks great! I think I will also try making a pumpkin pie bread pudding…(I hate rolling out pie dough)
the blissful bakerOctober 4, 2010
what a spectacular breakfast! i can’t wait to try this out 🙂
KatieOctober 4, 2010
My gooness that looks sooo good! French toast is my weakness alone!!! Yummmm!
KatieOctober 5, 2010
Oh yum! This sounds like a fantastic idea and perfect for this time of year. Wow
LaurenOctober 5, 2010
Oh my lord, this looks AMAZING. I’m going to make this for dinner one night this week! Nothing like breakfast for dinner! 😀
Amanda VOctober 5, 2010
I never would have thought of something like this! I love pumpkin pie oatmeal, but French toast?? Genius!
pumpkinpieOctober 5, 2010
I couldn’t resist making this immediately. It was fantastic!
Double Dipped LifeOctober 12, 2010
Um… yeah, this is breakfast for this weekend for sure! Yum!