Pumpkin French Toast

Hello everyone– When the kids are home for a visit, my favorite part of the day is breakfast.  Larry starts the coffee and I buzz around the kitchen while people with pj’s and bed hair wander in one at a time.  They squeeze around the small kitchen table and I flip pancakes or pour juice.  It’s the best– talking over the day ahead, easy times together.

So while kids were here last weekend, we sat down to this pumpkin French toast.  Custardy and pumpkin spiced with candied pecans to top it off.  I think you’d love it too!

1 loaf soft French bread*
4 eggs
1 cup mik
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
garnish:  1 cup pecans, 1/2 cup sugar

Slice the loaf into thick slices.

In a 9″ baking dish, beat the eggs and then beat in the milk, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.  Keep mixing til it’s all blended.

Dip both sides of the bread into the pumpkin mixture and set it on a medium hot griddle that has been sprayed with cooking spray, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Keep warm in a low oven until all the toast is cooked.

Garnish– to make the candied pecans put the 1 cup of pecans (whole or chopped and 1/3 cup sugar in a nonstick skillet.  Set it on a medium high burning and stir continuously until the sugar has melted and the pecans are coated with golden brown sugar syrup.  Turn the pecans out onto a piece of foil to cool, separating them with your wooden spoon on the foil.

*Use those spongy French bread loaves from the grocery bakery (not my favorite bread, but great for soaking up eggy French toast mixture).


39 thoughts on “Pumpkin French Toast

  1. Isn’t family time the best? I can’t wait until Thanksgiving break when our youngest comes home from college and our oldest will be here, together again. I must try this French toast, Rhonda!😘💗

    • Hey Suzanne! You are so right– Have you been to Trader Joe’s lately?? The must have 25 pumpkin products for sale!! From waffles to cider to cereal!! Plus piles of pumpkins out front!! It’s sort of Thanksgiving festive! Hope you’re getting your fill of pumpkin. Are you having a Halloween celebration on the block?? And is Percy wearing a costume?? Hugs from here friend!

      • Hi Rhonda, I have never been to Trader Joe’s, am I weird? Lol!! Our neighborhood goes all out for Halloween. We have been planning for months. There is a Halloween walk for the kids, 2 great shows one musical the other theatrical. Streets are closed to cars everyone decorated. It’s so much fun!! Hope all is well, are you doing something fun with the kids for Halloween 🎃🎃

        • Hey Suzanne– that’ sounds just about perfect!! Great idea to have the streets closed to cars so kids can just roam!! We’ll have a fire pit on our driveway with a bunch of young adults from church to pass out candy and sit around and snack the evening away. Looking forward to it… Have a great festive Halloween friend! xo

  2. I love weekend breakfast time for the same reasons. Aaaaand I’m giving this recipe to my husband. He’s the French toast maker at our house. This sounds like a must for a fall Saturday morning at our house. Plus, I appreciate the tip about the French bread!

    • That’s cool that your husband is the the French toast cook! My Dad made French toast every single Sunday morning when we were growing up (while mom got 4 kids ready for church). OK, and just checked your blog and read through the cool book reviews. (so forget the previous comment where I asked what you were reading!!). Love your open honest posts! hugs!

    • Hey Kat– you’re so right– there’s always just enough pumpkin left that I can’t bear to throw it out! Are you baking with pumpkin yet?? Are you the Thanksgiving cooker in your family?? I’m doing it for the first time in a long time this year & am so excited! Always love your smart comments Kat! xo

  3. I’d like to apologize to all the Thankful Heart fans for eating the second slice of pumpkin french toast that Mom (I mean, Rhonda) had set aside to photograph. I didn’t realize it was for the blog and it was SO YUMMY! How could a girl resist?!

    • ha ha ha!! It worked out just fine–but next time I’m hiding photo food around here!! And while we’re talking about pumpkin– have you made pumpkin dessert yet?? I’ve got it on the list here for Thanksgiving… Hug hugs Sweet Girl!

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