Pumpkin Brioche French Toast is the perfect breakfast and brunch recipe. It's made with buttery brioche bread that's stuffed with cream cheese, then slathered with pumpkin butter and fried to perfection!
Why You'll Love It
- It's delicious! If you're looking for a decadent breakfast or brunch entree, this is it! Pumpkin Brioche French Toast is perfect for Sunday mornings, special occasions, or even as a dessert served with vanilla ice cream. The whole family will love it, especially for a fall breakfast.
- It's full of pumpkin flavor! Stuff thick slices of brioche bread with pumpkin butter and cream cheese mixed with pumpkin spice. No other french toast recipe compares to this one. It's a pumpkin spice extravaganza that will remind you of a bread pudding.
- This is a fast and easy recipe! If that's not enough to convince you, add a little powdered sugar and maple syrup after the french toast comes out of the skillet. The warm filling mixed with crispy fried bread and pumpkin spice tastes too good to be true!
- brioche loaf of bread - thick slices of bread that are perfect for making french toast
- large eggs - the base of the egg wash
- milk - mixed with eggs
- pumpkin pie spice - goes in the egg wash and the cream cheese filling
- cream cheese- compliments the pumpkin butter
- maple syrup - mixed in the filling and also poured over french toast
- pumpkin butter - adds incredible flavor to this dish
- butter - to fry in the skillet
- powdered sugar (optional) - creates a nice presentation
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1 - Start by mixing cream cheese with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. Spread it on one slice of brioche bread.
2 - Spread pumpkin butter on the other side of bread and close to make a sandwich.
3 - Make egg wash by beating eggs with milk and a dash of pumpkin spice. Pour into a shallow pie plate or bowl.
4 - Dip both sides of brioche bread slices in egg mixture. Let excess drip off of bread before adding it to a skillet with melted butter.
5 - Fry the brioche french toast on one side for about 2 minutes in a skillet over medium heat. Flip with a spatula and fry the other side for 2 minutes more until golden brown.
6 - Remove stuffed french toast from skillet and place on a plate. Slice in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
Brioche bread is made with a higher content of eggs and butter which makes it more rich and dense than regular bread. It's perfect for making french toast because it holds up to an egg wash and any fillings that are added. Find it at Aldi stores or your local grocery.
The higher butter content makes the perfect crust because it fries to a delicious and crispy golden brown color. It also provides and richer and sweeter flavor.
Pumpkin butter is basically made with pumpkin, sugar and spices. Every fall, I make a trip to our local farmer's market to pick up a jar of pumpkin butter. It tastes great as a spread on toast, and makes the perfect filling for this recipe. You can also find it at most grocery stores and online at Amazon. (ad)
It's not really clear where french toast originated, but some folks believe it actually started in the Roman empire. Sometime around the 17th century it appeared in England, and was brought to America by settlers. There is a version of this recipe in France called 'pain perdu,' which translates to 'lost bread.'
- Be sure to choose a thick bread or it won't hold up to the filling. If you can't find brioche bread, Texas Toast, Challah bread or French bread works well too.
- If you don't want to make your own cream cheese, there are many pumpkin spice options in the grocery store that are already mixed together. Any of these will work well and save time if you're really busy in the mornings.
- Pumpkin butter is usually available in most stores, but if you can't find it, feel free to substitute pumpkin pie filling instead. It has a similar flavor and consistency.
- Use heavy cream instead of milk for richer flavor.
- Top with fresh berries or chocolate chips.
- Looking for an easy french toast casserole? Just break up the pieces and make cubed bread. Place in a prepared baking dish. Pour the egg custard mixture over the french toast and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. You'll have an easy french toast bake and breakfast casserole!
What to Serve with Pumpkin French Toast
Serve stuffed french toast with butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar as shown above. Or, add a dollop of homemade whipped cream and pecan crumbles on top for an over-the-top experience! It's a great recipe for Christmas morning or Mother's Day brunch!
- Meat Lovers Quiche - savory and satisfying
- Fried Green Tomatoes - the perfect crunch to go with french toast
- Sausage Cheese Pastry - a tasty accompaniment to sweet recipes
- Salted Caramel Sticky Buns - another sweet breakfast treat
- Loaded Hash Brown Casserole - tastes great alongside sweet brunch dishes
This brioche french toast recipe is almost like a dessert, so ice cream would be a great addition if you're eating it as a sweet treat.
Storage and Freezing
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Brioche french toast can also be frozen without the maple syrup added.
Freeze recipe by wrapping it well with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and placing in an airtight container. It will freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and bake in a 350 degree oven until heated through for best results.
If you love this pumpkin pie french toast, be sure to try my other fall favorites that are sure to please!
- Pumpkin Spice Flip Cake
- Loaded Carrot Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Coconut Bark
- Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread
Pumpkin Brioche French Toast
*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- dash of pumpkin pie spice
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ cup pumpkin butter
- 8 slices brioche bread
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- powdered sugar for dusting optional
- Make the egg wash by beating eggs, milk and a dash of pumpkin spice together in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Mix softened cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup together in a separate bowl.
- Spread cream cheese mixture on one slice of brioche bread and pumpkin butter on the other. Close bread to make a sandwich.
- Dip both sides of brioche bread sandwich in egg mixture. Let excess drip off of bread before adding it to a skillet with melted butter.
- Fry french toast on one side for about 2 minutes in skillet over medium heat. Flip with a spatula and fry the other side for 2 more minutes until golden brown.
- Remove french toast from skillet and place on a plate. Slice in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
- Be sure to choose a thick bread or it won't hold up to the filling.
- Feel free to add other toppings such as toasted pecans and whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.