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I knew, when I moved back to California from New York, that I’d be losing fall. Fall in the Northeast was my favorite season — the crisp air, the brilliant colors, the smell of rain. I was always eager to don my sweaters and pull out the soup pot. We do get a semblance of that fall in Southern California — it just arrives in November or December and lasts until February.

September this year has been especially trying. I know intellectually that September is the hottest month of the year. But the seemingly endless string of days over 90 degrees are making me yearn for autumn relief more than usual. I am tired of grilled chicken and gazpacho. I want sweaters! Brussels sprouts! Bean soups! But really, the idea of eating bean soups when it’s 103 in the shade is … off-putting.

This french toast, then, is my brave attempt to bring a little autumn to my life. The Nuni loves french toast, and while pancakes seem daunting even for a weekend breakfast, I’m always up for a quick egg soak and a fast saute. The five cans of pumpkin puree in my cupboard (we can call it what it is — aspirational pumpkin) inspired me to spice up my usual quick and easy French toast with a little fall flair. I thought that pumpkin pie filling is really just pumpkin added to eggs, cream, sugar and spices — change the proportions slightly and you have the perfect soak for french toast. After all, I may not feel like turning on the oven, but I can handle 10 minutes on the stove.

The scent of pumpkin and ginger and cinnamon gives me hope that a little bit of fall is just around the corner. I may even pull a sweater out tomorrow. A linen sweater. Baby steps.

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Pumpkin Pie French Toast, or the Hope of Autumn
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 8 small slices bread (I use Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane from Trader Joe's, cut in half. It's kind of like a dense ciabatta. I usually make French toast with whatever whole wheat sandwich bread is sitting around the house)
  • Butter
  • Toppings -- maple syrup or golden syrup (my favorite)
  1. In a wide and shallow bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a fork. Add the pumpkin, cream, maple syrup, spices and salt, and stir to combine. Soak the slices of bread in the egg mixture, flipping to ensure that both sides absorb the eggs.
  2. Melt some butter on a griddle or nonstick skillet, and saute each slice of soaked bread in the melted butter, flipping when the first side is brown - 1-2 minutes per side. Serve warm with additional maple syrup or golden syrup or your french toast topping of choice.


7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie French Toast, or the Hope of Autumn

  1. Reply Christine Oct 4,2012 1:06 pm

    I think I’m going to see if I can try this with my nephew next weekend.

    Great pictures – love the syrup in motion.

  2. Reply Rocky Mountain Woman Oct 5,2012 10:41 am

    This looks absolutely wonderful! Easy and quick and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning…

  3. Reply Marcia Oct 5,2012 11:03 am

    This makes me wish my husband wasn’t allergic to eggs and dairy products. I miss French toast and LOVE the idea of pumpkin style! I live vicariously through your messages. Thanks Kate.

  4. Reply Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious Oct 5,2012 4:31 pm

    Yes, please! I am bookmarking this for a wonderful Sunday brunch that I plan on having on our patio! :)

  5. Reply Denise Oct 8,2012 6:01 pm

    I keep thinking of French toast. Have not had in years. Over the weekend, I thought I start keeping some bread around for those lazy Sunday mornings. Now, I am inspired even more. And I have a couple cans of emergency pumpkin in the cupboard!!

  6. Reply Russell at Chasing Delicious Oct 10,2012 7:15 am

    I suddenly have a craving for french toast! And pumpkin pie french toast?? Yes please!

  7. Reply Beth Oct 28,2012 6:51 am

    Just made for our hurricane breakfast. Delicious and what a nice change from the traditional French toast I always make. Thank you!

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