WHAT IS PUMPKIN SPICE?
Pumpkin spice has become one of the most popular flavors of autumn in the last decade or so. Some might even call it an obsession. Whether it’s pumpkin spiced flavored coffee, tea or cake, pumpkin spice rules the fall season. Pumpkin spice is composed of the following spices:
All together these spices create a blend that, added to just about anything, make for a warmer, more flavorful experience. Have I sold you on it just yet?
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST USING PUMPKIN SPICE
A bit of pumpkin puree is added to beaten eggs and spiced up with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to make the most decadent custard to drench bread in ever.
Fry this pumpkin French toast in a bit of butter and to make the edges super crisp while the inside stays tender and doughy. Try it and see for yourself. Your favorite fall breakfast is here to stay.
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE PERFECT FRENCH TOAST
French toast has always been a fairly simple recipe that we whip up on Sunday mornings or alongside mimosas for the perfect brunch with our girlfriends. But as always, there are plenty of mistakes that can be made. Believe me, I’ve made them all.
So here are a few tips to guarantee that perfect crispy-edged, pillowy soft inside and perfectly spiced french toast of your dreams.
Tip #1: Use the right bread and slice it properly
Start your French toast off with a too-thin slice and you’re just asking for disaster. The bread needs some heft to hold up to your liquids, or else it’ll start to fall apart before it even gets to the pan. So cut your own bread slices, making sure each piece is ½” to 1” thick.
Be sure to let your bread sit for a day or two before using it. Stale bread creates a sturdier base that makes for that crisp exterior.
If you’re in a pinch dry your slices in a 275 degree F oven for 10 minutes before giving them their first dip.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to use a bit of oil
Butter has quite the low burn point which means that if you’re looking for that extra crispy, golden brown experience you might burn your bread before you even get the chance.
Swap out half your butter for a neutral vegetable oil and your french toast will be wonderfully tender in the middle while maintaining a crisp exterior.
If you’d rather stick to butter than be sure to cook at a low heat. Low and slow wins the race folks!
ADDITIONAL PUMPKIN RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE
FRENCH TOAST RECIPES
Spiced Pumpkin French Toast
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- Stale Challah bread sliced
- Butter for skillet
- Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.
- Carefully dip one side of each slice of bread into egg mixture letting it soak into the bread for a few seconds then repeat on the other side. Set aside each slice.
- Heat butter in a skillet until melted and starting to bubble.
- Add each slice of bread to the skillet and saute' in butter until golden brown. Repeat on other side then remove and set aside. (Tip: I like to turn the oven on to 225 and add the french toast to a baking sheet to keep it warm until all slices are done).
- Repeat with all slices then serve.
- Serve hot with butter and syrup if desired.