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Pumpkin French Toast

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If you don't have pumpkin-pie spice, you can instead use 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg. It's very important to make sure the bread soaks up the flavorful custard to ensure a velvety consistency.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, November 2003

Ingredients

  • Butter, for baking dish
  • 1 baguette (8 ounces), sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square or 2-quart shallow baking dish; set aside. Toast bread on a baking sheet in oven, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pie spice, vanilla, and salt. Add toasted bread; cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface. Place a plate small enough to fit inside bowl on top of plastic; weight with a large canned good. Let soak until bread is saturated, about 25 minutes.

  3. Transfer mixture to prepared dish, spreading evenly. Bake on a baking sheet until firm and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar and topped with whipped cream, if desired.

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