Pumpkin Spice French Toast is the ultimate breakfast and brunch treat for fall. It's made with 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 Spice French Toast is perfect for weekend mornings, special occasions, or even as a dessert served with vanilla ice cream!
- 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 extravaganza!
- This recipe is fast and easy! 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
- Looking for an easy french toast casserole? Just break up the pieces of french toast before dipping in the egg wash and place it in a baking dish. Pour the egg wash over the french toast and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown! It's an easy and delicious casserole dish!
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!
This 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.
If you love this recipe, be sure to try my other fall favorites...
- Pumpkin Spice Flip Cake
- Loaded Carrot Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Coconut Bark
- Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread
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