Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon & Nutmeg

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Change up your typical French toast for fall with this Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon & Nutmeg.

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One of my favorite breakfasts is French Toast. This eggy bread with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with butter and maple syrup will always be welcome at my breakfast table. So of course, when fall comes around and everyone turns their attention to pumpkin and spices, we change up our French toast recipe too.

There are a lot of Pumpkin French Toast recipes out there. I was going to try one, but when I saw the long list of ingredients, I decided to make my own version instead. I really prefer to keep things easy and simple in the kitchen.

This recipe is easier than some more complicated versions, because it uses typical ingredients that you likely have in the house already. It calls for bread, milk, egg, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and syrup.

If you don’t have any nutmeg, you can leave it out. You can also substitute the cinnamon and nutmeg for a pumpkin pie spice, if you have it.

Ingredients You’ll Need

There’s no need to over-complicate a simple dish. This French toast recipe has only 7 ingredients.

Egg wash for French Toast
  • Butter – Regular salted butter is fine. You could also use coconut oil.
  • Brioche bread –  Brioche bread is similar to a pastry, with a high egg and butter content that gives it a rich and tender crumb. The slightly sweet flavor and soft spongy texture is perfect for French toast.
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Pumpkin puree – Pumpkin puree is also easily available in canned form from the grocery store. Pumpkin puree has a slightly sweet and earthy flavor. It has a smooth texture and is just like baby food. If you are buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure you don’t buy pumpkin pie filling. It is an entirely different ingredient.
  • Spices – Ground cinnamon and nutmeg. If you don’t have any nutmeg, you can leave it out. You can also substitute the cinnamon and nutmeg for a pumpkin pie spice.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup – This is for a sweet topping at the end. You could also use honey, whipped cream, or pancake syrup.

How to Make Pumpkin French Toast

Step One: Mix up the French Toast batter.

Put the eggs, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla into a bowl and whisk it all up until smooth.

Soak the french toast

Step Two: Soak the Brioche bread.

Add one piece of bread at a time to the bowl and let the bread soak up some of the liquid. It only takes about 5 seconds per side. Any longer and the bread might become too soggy.

Cook french toast on a griddle

Step Three: Cook the French Toast on the griddle

Add the butter to the griddle over medium heat and allow it to heat up and get the butter sizzling before you add the bread. It will take about 5-8 minutes per side to cook properly. If the bread is browning fast than that, the heat is up too high.

It takes time to cook the egg mixture in the bread. If you take if off too soon, it might be soggy and uncooked in the center.

You might also notice that there isn’t any sugar added to the batter. Many recipes add brown sugar. I don’t think the extra sugar is necessary, especially if you’ll be using syrup.

What Pumpkin to Use

pumpkin french toast

For the pumpkin puree, you can use canned or fresh pumpkin. In the UK, where I live, it’s difficult to find fresh pumpkins, so I stock up on pumpkin puree whenever the holidays come around. I can always find it on the “U.S. favorites” aisle of my grocery.

If you are buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure you don’t buy pumpkin pie filling. It is an entirely different ingredient.

You can cook down a whole fresh pumpkin pretty easily using this recipe.

What Bread To Use

The best bread for making French toast is brioche. Brioche bread is similar to a pastry, with a high egg and butter content that gives it a rich and tender crumb. The slightly sweet flavor and soft spongy texture is perfect for French toast.

It soaks up the batter well and it bakes up well. If you can’t find brioche, you can use any white or wheat bread, as to your own preference, but look for one that’s sliced slightly thicker.

pumpkin french toast

Variations

  • Bread: Try using Texas toast, challah, or thick cut white bread.
  • Milk: Instead of milk try using almond or coconut milk, half and half, or even egg nog.
  • Toppings: Top with honey butter, powdered sugar, caramel sauce, sliced banana, pecans, toffee bits, or sweetened whipped cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get French toast not to be soggy?

Make sure that it is cooked through completely. It will take about 5-8 minutes per side to cook properly. If the bread is browning fast than that, the heat is up too high.
It takes time to cook the egg mixture in the bread. If you take if off too soon, it might be soggy and uncooked in the center.

How long should bread soak for French toast?

Don’t let the bread soak up too much liquid. It only takes about 5 seconds per side. Any longer and the bread might become too soggy.

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Pumpkin French Toast

Change up your typical French toast for fall with this Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
5 from 25 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 675kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) butter divided
  • 4 slices brioche bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (61 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.25 g) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.23 ml) vanilla extract optional
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) maple syrup

Instructions

  • Whisk together the egg, milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a flat-bottom bowl.
  • Preheat an electric griddle to 350°F (176°C) (or a large non-stick skillet on medium heat). Add 1 tablespoon butter and spread it to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Soak one piece of bread at a time, allowing it to soak for around 15 seconds per side. Add it immediately to the skillet and continue soaking the rest of the bread and adding them to the skillet.
  • Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 4-5 minutes. Turn down the heat if the bread becomes brown too quickly. Time is needed to cook the egg mixture that has soaked into the bread. Flip and continue cooking an additional 4 minutes or until the other side is golden.
  • Add two pieces per plate, top with remaining butter and maple syrup.

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Nutrition

Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 335mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 6235IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 2mg

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