Looking for a fall breakfast idea that’s easy and quick? Try this pumpkin french toast recipe.
It’s perfectly crisp on the edges with light, airy centers and that pumpkin spice flavor we love to crave. Stack them up and drizzle with maple syrup for an incredible breakfast you’ll wake up excited to make.
Pumpkin Spice French Toast
If you’re looking for a delicious and quick way to incorporate the flavors of fall into breakfast, this pumpkin french toast is the recipe. We soak thick brioche bread in a pumpkin spice-egg mixture, then cook it in a skillet until golden and crisp.
There’s no added sugar if you don’t count the drizzle of maple syrup over the toast, and there’s no milk or cream in the liquid base. I’ve found that one egg for each slice of bread provides enough liquid and gives each piece of toast that perfect crust.
It’s a great dairy-free option with less sugar but plenty of pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor for a delicious fall breakfast on weekday mornings.
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Pumpkin French Toast Ingredients
Here are all of the 6 ingredients required for pumpkin french toast:
- Eggs: coats the bread and creates that soft-in-the-center texture with a crispy exterior.
- Pumpkin purée: for the pumpkin flavor and extra moisture.
- Pumpkin spice or cinnamon: adds delicious fall spice.
- Vanilla extract: optional, but compliments the pumpkin.
- Bread: thick-sliced Texas toast, Brioche, or bakery bread work perfectly.
- Butter: for grilling (and more flavor!).
This french toast needs only ¼ cup of pumpkin purée, so if you’re breaking into a new can, don’t toss out those leftovers! I’ve got 10 leftover canned pumpkin ideas to make with less than a cup of pumpkin or try another pumpkin breakfast idea!
Thick Bread for French Toast
When it comes to the best bread for french toast, the thicker, the better, sliced brioche will always be at the top of my list, but you can use other varieties such as Challah, French bread, Texas toast, even cinnamon raisin bread!
Regular sandwich bread also works, but it’s thinner, so it will need less time to soak in the egg-pumpkin mixture. If you want to make this gluten-free, then use your favorite gluten-free sliced bread.
How to Make Pumpkin French Toast
Making pumpkin french toast is just as easy as regular french toast, here’s what to do:
- Make the liquid base
Whisk the eggs with canned pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract until smooth in a shallow dish. *A pie dish or baking dish works great!
Add the bread to the pumpkin-egg mixture. Let the bread soak for a minute before flipping and soaking for an additional minute.
- Make it toasty
In a large non-stick pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the french toast to the pan and cook until the bottom is nice and toasty.
- Flip over
Flip the french toast then reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan with a fitted lid. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Dish up!
Remove the french toast from the pan and serve with maple syrup and your favorite toppings.
Watch how I make this recipe from start to finish in the video below:
How Do You Know When French Toast is Done
You’ll know your french toast is done cooking when the centers are puffed up, and the edges are set and browned. This signals that all of the liquid in the bread is cooked out. Keep in mind, once the french toast is removed from the pan, it will ‘deflate’ a little, but this doesn’t mean it’s soggy.
Best Toppings for Pumpkin French Toast
Below are a few yummy additions to drizzle and sprinkle over your stack of pumpkin french toast. You can be as fancy as you like or keep it simple. There’s no wrong way.
- maple syrup
- Cinnamon Syrup
- whipped cream
- chopped pecans or walnuts
Pumpkin Spice French Toast Recipes
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 4 slices thick white bread
- Maple syrup, for serving
- In a wide, shallow dish, whisk the eggs with the pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined.
- Place each slice of bread into the egg mixture and allow it to absorb, using a fork to prick each slice gently. Flip the slices and repeat with the remaining side.
- Lightly grease a large griddle or skillet with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium heat, 350F if using a griddle.
- Add the bread slices to the griddle and cook for 3 minutes or until the bread gets a golden, brown crust. Flip and reduce the heat to medium before covering the pan with a fitted lid. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until the opposite side is golden brown.
- Remove from heat and serve with syrup and your choice of toppings.