Monday, April 10, 2017

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Sometimes you find a real gem on the internet! This recipe was such a find. The website is, love, and sugar. How can you not love that title. She mentions that the original recipe comes from the pioneer woman. Love her too!

I was on a quest to find fun recipes for Thanksgiving. My sister was creating a multi-day menu of wonderfulness for when our whole Zisette family would be in town.
We didn't make this at Thanksgiving but it remained on my mind as one I had to make. So months later I finally made it and it is fantastic. A great fun change when a big breakfast meal is needed.

Overnight Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast Casserole
1 loaf Sourdough Or French Bread 
8 whole eggs
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice (3/4 tsp + 3/4 tsp)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cut in pieces

1. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with butter.
2. Tear bread into chunks and evenly lay out in dish.
3. Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread.
4. Cover and store in fridge for several hours or overnight.
5. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 tsp pumpkin spice and salt. Add butter and mash into the dry mixture until it all comes together. Store this mixture in the fridge overnight.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees the next morning.
7. Remove casserole and pre-made topping from fridge. Crumble pre-made topping and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
8. For some extra topping to cover areas that aren't covered by the pre-made topping (I like the cinnamon and spice on every bite!) combine 2 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3/4 tsp pumpkin spice (same stuff as the pre-made topping, minus the butter). Sprinkle over top of casserole and pre-made topping.
9. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more moist texture. Bake an hour or more for a firmer, less moist texture.
10. Enjoy.

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