Pumpkin French Toast

DSC_0081-001

I believe in lazy post-holiday mornings, especially when that morning has a scary name like Black Friday.  There’s no gadget or gizmo in the world that’s worth stepping out into all that hassle today, imo.  And whether you were host or guest last night, I think this Pumpkin French Toast is a fitting way to kick off the next phase of holiday ‘fun’.  You’re going to need your strength, people.

DSC_0019-001

Great French toast begins with great bread.  Don’t use the pre-sliced stuff, get yourself some good bakery bread.  I used whole wheat, but so many types work well.  Brioche is a classic.  For one thing, you want to be able to slice it nice and thick.  It can be fresh, or ‘day old’, it doesn’t matter.

DSC_0038-001

This is the ideal holiday weekend breakfast because you can slice the bread and whisk together the batter the night before.  You can then wake up to a pretty luxurious breakfast with hardly any effort.  Just soak the bread in the batter, and grill away.

DSC_0017-001

This is the first French toast recipe I’ve posted on the blog, I guess I’m not that big of a fan.  When it’s made with white bread it seems pasty to me.  It’s either too thin, or it’s overwhelmingly thick.  It’s often served showered in powdered sugar which makes it too sweet, and it just doesn’t feel like breakfast to me.  My version solves a few of these problems.  The whole wheat bread is sliced just right, and the whole grain plus the pumpkin puree gives it a little substance.  This French toast feels like real food.  It’s wonderful.

DSC_0023-001
French toast is actually a bread pudding that’s cooked on the stove instead of baked in the oven.  Ideally it should be a little bit crisp on the outside, and creamy (but hot and cooked through) on the inside.   I purposely don’t make the batter very sweet because the maple syrup takes care of that.  If you don’t use syrup, consider adding a little more sugar to the recipe.

DSC_0059-001

Soak the bread for a minute on each side so it can absorb the rich batter, and make sure your griddle is buttered and hot so you will get a nice golden color on the outside.  I lower the heat after the initial browning so the inside of the toast can cook through.

DSC_0002-001

Pumpkin French Toast

Ingredients

  • I loaf whole wheat (or brioche) bread, thickly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/4 tsp each: cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves
  • butter for the skillet

Instructions

  1. Whisk the eggs, half and half, molasses, pumpkin, and spices together in a wide shallow bowl. A pie plate works well. Make sure the eggs are completely broken up and combined well.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt a pat of butter in the pan.
  3. Soak the bread, one at a time, in the pumpkin batter. Each side should soak for about 30 seconds to a minute. Let any excess drip off before adding to the hot skillet. You should hear a gentle sizzle when the bread hits the pan.
  4. Let cook until browned on each side. If your bread is very thick, you may want to lower the heat so the insides can cook without excess browning.
  5. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/pumpkin-french-toast/

DSC_0022-001

DSC_0098-001

So maybe those guys who camped out all night on the sidewalk got a cheap ipad mini, but they sure didn’t get this for breakfast.

13 Comments

  • Reply
    50+ Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Creating & Co
    January 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    […] Pumpkin French Toast from The View from Great Island […]

  • Reply
    25 Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas
    December 17, 2014 at 12:48 am

    […] Pumpkin French Toast | Source: The View from Great […]

  • Reply
    20 Fabulous French Toast Recipes
    December 6, 2014 at 8:30 am

    […] Pumpkin French Toast | Source: The View from Great […]

  • Reply
    Top 10 Christmas Breakfast Recipes — Nannie's Coupon Cafe
    December 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    […] Pumpkin French Toast […]

  • Reply
    eighty healthy breakfast recipes - Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    March 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    […] 74. The View From Great Island | Pumpkin French Toast […]

  • Reply
    Mimi
    December 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Wonderful! That is some gorgeous looking bread!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    French toast is always such a treat. I love your pumpkin version!

  • Reply
    The Café Sucre Farine
    November 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    You make the simplest ingredients look like art work Sue! This sounds wonderful.

  • Reply
    Liz
    November 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Ok.

    Sue, you converted me to a shortbread lover…just having my first rosemary-parmesan-walnut-shortbread wine-crackers and I’m in heaven!

    So.

    I’ve been making Brioche per “Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day” – it is easy and wonderful and you can freeze the dough as since it has eggs, it must be used in 5 days. The brioche dough makes a wonderful bread as well as a base for pastries. I’ve found it to be very versatile and use it as a gallette dough.

    Bottom line, just a thought from one to another…using my own freezer brioche tomorrorw morning in this pumpkin french toast.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      So glad you’re a new shortbread lover, I’m already devising my new varieties for this year. I have Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, so I’ll look up the brioche, thanks!

      • Reply
        Liz
        November 30, 2013 at 6:35 am

        I live rurally – 40 mile round trip to town – and am the only human at my house. The ABin5 method has allowed me to have wonderful artisanal bread daily – I make small boule loaves, pizza for 1, english muffins, bagels, sweet roll/danish – all 1 or 2 at a time. I’ve found all of the doughs freeze well and I freeze small portions. They thaw quickly and it is easy to combine multiples if you want a larger loaf or quantity. I do normally have a crock in the refrigerator of something also. I’ve been doing this for 3 years. I hope you have the just released, revised version of the book. I thought I knew everything about this method but learned some things and my bread has been even better.

  • Reply
    Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me
    November 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You made me happy today. Great recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      :)

    Leave a Reply

    Share
    Pin
    Tweet
    Stumble
    +1