Mix fresh pumpkin into your french toast batter for a delicious fall breakfast.
I love french toast.
Every time I went on vacation as a kid, I would always order that for breakfast as long as it was on the menu. I have enjoyed french toast in many a state.
Some of the best french toast I have had has not come while on vacation, but after a hard day of work. I have been spending a lot of time making pumpkin recipes this fall this month so I can re-shoot some of the photos.
I am a better photographer and I have a better camera than in fall pasts. One of the recipes I re-did was for pumpkin yeast rolls and bread. I thought since I have already made the loaf, why not create a new recipe out of it?
I needed something for dinner, and we like doing breakfast for dinner once a week as the kids love it. French toast seemed like the perfect option. I decided to do dress up our normal bread dip with of course – pumpkin!
How to Make Pumpkin French Toast
In order to make the best french toast there are a few things you need to follow.
1. Stale bread – If the bread is stale it will better absorb the batter. Now I made my bread the same day I made the french toast, so that didn’t give me a lot of time for it to stale. So what I did as soon as I could I sliced up my loaf and let it be exposed to area. This helped enough for the bread to absorb the batter. Brioche and Challah make good french toast by the way.
2. Use half and half – A lot of recipes call for using milk in the batter. I say forget that and go all out using half and half. Yes it adds more fat but aren’t we making the best french toast here? Don’t so as crazy as to go with heavy cream. You don’t want the bread to be too heavy.
3. Give the bread sometime – Let the bread have a moment to soak in the batter. Often people just dunk it and take right back out. Give it a minute. Your patience will be rewarded.
How to Cook Pumpkin French Toast
Whenever I cook french toast or pancakes, we always bust out the Electric Griddle. It’s wide surface helps us cook more at once. Yes a frying pan will do but you will spend a lot more time cooking when that time can be spend eating.
Electric griddles aren’t very expensive, so I highly recommend picking one up if you don’t have one. I am not one to just litter my kitchen with small appliances, but this one is worth.
Why This Recipe Works
It’s super simple to make. Since you making a batter for soaking the bread that doesn’t need to cook or rise before adding the bread, introducing new ingredients like pumpkin is ridiculous easy.
Or you can change up the dairy, which is what I do at Christmas time with my Leftover Egg Nog French Toast. Or you can try using a non-dairy option along with a vegan egg replacement – I haven’t tried this but if you do, leave a comment and let me know how it worked.
What Temperature to Cook French Toast on Electric Griddle?
The key thing with french toast is to make sure your custard is cooked when the outside is perfectly browned. If you set your griddle too high then you will burn the outside before the inside is done. No one wants their french toast to be a mushy mess in the middle.
Each griddle is different. If yours has a temperature setting I would aim for something in the 325-350 degree range. Mine goes up to 400, so this would be a medium-high temperature.
Keep an eye on the french toast as you cook it and adjust the temperature if you think it’s browning too fast.
How to Make Pumpkin French Toast Sticks
Want to make your french toast into sticks? It’s super easy to do. Slice the bread into thirds before you add it to the batter and proceed as you normally would. Aim to get the sticks the same size so they cook at the same rate.
Advantages of French Toast Sticks
Why would you want to do sticks instead?
- You can dunk them
- No need for a fork
- The middle will won’t be soggy
- The kids think it’s fun.
I think those are pretty good reasons to try this recipe as sticks.
Other Pumpkin Recipes You Might Like
Pumpkin French Toast
Add fresh pumpkin to your french toast batter to make a delicious fall french toast.
- 1 large loaf of bread cut into slices (12 to 16 slices)
- 8 eggs
- 3/4 cup half and half
- 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- butter for the griddle
- real maple syrup for serving
Heat up an electric griddle to a medium high setting. Do the same thing if you are using a frying pan instead.
Rub some butter onto the griddle.
Place the eggs, half and half, pumpkin, spices, and salt in a large, wide container.
Allow each slice of bread a minute or two to soak up the liquid before placing onto the griddle.
Cook until browned on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
To keep warm, place in a oven set to it’s lowest temperature.
To make French Toast sticks, simply cut the bread slices into even thirds and proceed as you normally would.