Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast – French bread, pure pumpkin, pumpkin spice, eggs, and milk combine to make this easy breakfast treat you can make ahead of time. Sprinkle the cinnamon streusel topping on and put it into the oven the next day. It’s a delicious fall french toast to warm you up on a cool, crisp morning.
HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!
It’s finally here; the cooler weather, changing leaves, crisp breezes and tastes of the season.
Have you been inundated with pumpkin recipes? I’ve been seeing them ALL. OVER. the interweb.
My blogger friends have been sharing them left and right and I have to say that I’ve shared a few as well.
I’m here to give you one more today. Pumpkin Spice French Toast Bake!
SAVE THIS PUMPKIN SPICED BAKED FRENCH TOAST RECIPE TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD!
And can I be honest with you? Don’t tell anyone.
I don’t like pumpkin.
This might lose me big fall food blogging points but it’s just not my favorite. I don’t especially look forward to the onslaught of pumpkin flavored everything from September to January every year.
Ok, well, it’s not like I can’t stand it.
I’ll eat something made with pumpkin and I especially like munching on pumpkin seeds, but it’s not a Fall flavor that I’m absolutely in love with. I really could take it or leave it.
You won’t see me eating a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. If anything, I’ll choose maybe the thinnest of all slices because it’s tradition.
But I’m not gonna hunt someone down if they’ve taken the last piece.
All the power to them.
Now apples? They’re another story!
So, I made this Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast. If you’ve read here for very long you know I enjoy a good french toast recipe any time of year.
So I put aside my ambivalence about pumpkin and whipped up this easy pumpkin spice french toast recipe. I LOVE fall spices so I thought it smelled amazing while it was baking.
Pumpkin French Toast
I scooped a helping of the baked french toast onto my plate, tried it, took two bites and put the plate down.
I was done.
My daughter ate some at the same time and said she really liked it. I said I thought it was just blah and wasn’t blog worthy.
She said that it was for sure worthy of a post on the blog.
“You don’t like it because you’re not a pumpkin lover. There are people out there who are nuts for pumpkin and would really like this.”
So, I hope my daughter is right and I hope you’re one of those pumpkin loving people. 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Recipes
I used my Homemade Pumpkin Spice to make this recipe.
With the amount of pumpkin spice recipes around this rime of year, I find it’s so much better having a jar of the homemade stuff on hand. It’s convenient AND I know exactly what’s in it!
While I’m not the biggest enthusiast about pumpkin flavor itself, I do enjoy the spices that go IN pumpkin pie. All that nutmeg and cinnamon smells like autumn to me.
I’m sure you have no shortage of pumpkin spice recipes to try right now, but in case you’re looking for even more, check out these great fall recipes:
- Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Cookies are perfect for any kind of party from Halloween to New Years.
- Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Pecan Pound Cake combines some of my favorite cold weather flavors in one delicious cake.
- Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Drop Cookies came to my blog through the Secret Recipe Club!
Whilst I was shooting the finished product, I had a visitor who wanted to get in on the action. Maybe she’s a pumpkin lover?
She’s such a silly and curious kitty, that Winnie.
Baked Pumpkin French Toast Recipe
Baked french toast is some of my favorite because it’s so much less work than french toast made on the stove top. There’s no dredging each piece of toast then cooking it one side at a time, trying to get it evenly brown.
To make this french toast bake, I first whipped some pumpkin and cream cheese together, then added eggs, sugar, milk and pumpkin pie spice. Then, I poured the whole thing over cubes of french bread in a casserole dish.
I covered the dish and stuck it in the fridge over night.
Before going into the fridge…
The next morning it was time to add a streusel topping. This may have been my favorite part of this french toast.
Brown sugar, butter and pecans. . . so good.
All baked and ready to be eaten!
Okay, okay, I might not be the world’s biggest pumpkin fan but I bake for pumpkin lovers all the time! Over the years I’ve found dozens of desserts and baked goods that the pumpkin people I love heartily recommend.
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Muffins have been one of my most popular muffins since I first posted them. They’re full of pumpkin flavor, fall spices and, best of all, dairy free so that my non-dairy friends can enjoy them too!
Chai Spiced Pumpkin Cake might be the ultimate fall cake, especially if you like spice!
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Make Ahead French Toast
My daughter and I both agreed that this baked french toast recipe is ideal for a fall or winter brunch or breakfast, especially when you have guests visiting for the holidays.
You can assemble the pumpkin french toast bake at night then just pop it in the oven the next morning and have a homemade breakfast that every pumpkin lover will go nuts over!
I can never have enough make ahead french toast recipes. After you try this Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast, also be sure to give Almond Berry French Toast Casserole and this Baked Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast recipe a try.
- 1 loaf French Bread cut into 1-inch cubes
- 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 15- ounce can pure pumpkin "not" pie pilling
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Homemade Pumpkin Spice
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk I used whole
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup chopped pecan pieces
- Spray an 9 X 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place all of the bread cubes into a large bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin together until fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Beat in the sugar and Homemade Pumpkin Spice.
- Add eggs, two at a time with the mixer on low until each is fully incorporated, scraping the sides as needed.
- In a large measuring cup, combine the milk, heavy cream and vanilla.
- Gently pour the milk mixture into the bowl while mixing on low. Make sure everything has been mixed together well.
- Gently pour the entire contents over the bread cubes and mix to thoroughly coat.
- Carefully pour everything into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Cut butter into small pieces and with a pastry cutter or two forks, blend butter into mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Mix in the pecan pieces.
- Place mixture into a plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate overnight. This step can also be done in the morning before placing baking dish into the oven.
- When ready to bake the next morning...
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Uncover the baking dish and sprinkle the streusel mixture evenly around the top.
- Bake uncovered for 60 - 65 minutes.
If you do not have a bowl large enough for all of the bread cubes, pour half of egg/milk mixture over half of the bread cubes, gently placing those into the prepared baking dish. Then do the same with the remaining bread and wet ingredients.
If you enjoyed this Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast, then you’ll love…
This is another fall french toast recipe and one that’s MY personal favorite. I love all things apple and caramel and this french toast completely hits the spot.
This one’s a go-to favorite when peaches are in season or, really, any time of year.
I’ve mentioned it before but, it bears repeating that this is simply one of the BEST ways to enjoy your morning bowl of blueberries. Eggy sweet french toast and tart juicy blueberries? Sold.
Take a look at these other Baked French toast recipes from my blogger friends…
Creme Brulee French Toast from The Culinary Compass
Very Vanilla French Toast from The Girl Who Ate Everything (on Ebay)
Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole from Celebrating Sweets
Cinnamon Roll French Bread Bake from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Donut French Toast from The Novice Chef
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!