Pumpkin Pie French Toast

Pumpkin Pie French Toast
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins

There's no better way to start your morning than with this spiced French toast recipe inspired by pumpkin pie. The bread soaks up the custard to ensure a velvety consistency and autumnal flavor in every bite.


  • Butter, for baking dish

  • 1 baguette (8 ounces), sliced ½ 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

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  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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