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Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About: Custard Pumpkin Brioche French Toast Stack

Elevate your next breakfast with this custard pumpkin brioche french toast stack (Say that 10 times fast). Soaking the pumpkin brioche bread in a custard mixture turns your traditional french toast into something magical! This dish is elegant enough to entertain with, but easy enough to enjoy at anytime of the day whether it be for breakfast, brunch or dinner. You can also easily boost this recipe by garnishing with: apples, bananas, walnuts and butter squares.



When breakfast meets dessert. This delectable french toast recipe is so easy to make and already contains pumpkin, so there is no pumpkin puree or additional pumpkin spices that need to be added. I used Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Brioche. It is a French style brioche bread with hints and flavors of warm spices and pumpkin.


French Toast might be one of my favorite breakfast splurges when I am in the mood for something sweet that early in the day. The soft bread, sweet syrup and fresh fruits all compliment each other in the most perfect way. I have no regrets whenever I consume this and and the dish is worth every bite!



What makes this french toast a little different than others such as traditional or crusted is that it is a custard-y french toast being that it get soaked for a longer period of time in a custard-y liquid. The custard like liquid consists mainly of: milk, eggs, cream and sugar. You could say that it is almost like an ”ice cream french toast”. I soak the bread in the custard mixture for 2 minutes per side. I do this so that the bread get completely saturated. After, it gets slow cooked/fried to ensure soft tenderness in the middle and a slightly crisp and golden on the outside.


If you love french toast and fall flavors, then you definitely need to give this recipe a try! And if you do give this a try be sure to tag @prettyplatebymichelle and #prettyplatebymichelle on instagram. I would love to see your pretty plate!


Makes about 8-10 Slices and can Serve up to 6, INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf pumpkin brioche toast from Trader Joe’s

3/4 cup half and half

3/4 cup whole milk

3 eggs

Pinch of salt

1 and 1/2 TBSP sugar

1 TSP vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 TBSP cinnamon bun spread from Trader Joe’s

Pinch of nutmeg

Vegetable oil

Apple slices (For Garnish)

Banana Slices (For Garnish)

Cinnamon (For Garnish)

Walnuts (For Garnish)

Butter Slices

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pumpkin brioche loaf will already be pre-sliced. So, no need to slice the bread. Remove the bread from the packaging and make sure to remove the paper on the bottom and sides from each one. Place on a plate and set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together: half and half, whole milk, eggs, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon bun spread and nutmeg.

  3. Get two pans ready and place on your stove.

  4. Pour about half of the custard mixture into a baking dish and place 4 slices in the mixutre (it should sit about half way in). Soak on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and soak on the other side for two minutes.

  5. While the bread is soaking, heat 1-2 slices of butter in one of the pans over medium heat. When the bread is done soaking on both sides add the bread slices to the buttered pan. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes. (NOTE: if your pan can only fit 1-2 slices at a time only soak 1-2 slices at a time and not 4. You don’t want the bread getting over soaked and sitting there soaking even longer while the other ones cook. So, only soak as needed.)

  6. In your other pan, heat vegetable oil over medium to low heat.

  7. Once the french toast is done cooking on both sides in your first pan, transfer to the other pan that has the heated vegetable oil and brown on both sides for another 2-3 minutes per side. Cooking in vegetable oil after helps with the crispyness and obtaining that golden brown color.

  8. When done, remove from pan. Serve right away. Garnish with sliced bananas, apples and walnuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with extra cinnamon butter spread and syrup on the side.

  9. ENJOY!

PRETTY PLATE KITCHEN ITEMS USED:

  1. Colorful Baking Dish Set

  2. Melamine Striped Plate

  3. Mixing Bowls Set

  4. Square Butter Dish

  5. Creamer Pitcher

  6. Calphalon Knife Set

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