Pumpkin stuffed French toast is a great way to change up any fall or winter brunch get-together. Decadent and delicious!
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast Recipe
The weekend is here and it is time for a treat. There has been a lot of healthy cooking going on here - Mushroom & Edamame Salad, Baked Trout (or Salmon), Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins and Roasted Cauliflower, to name a few. For weekend brunch, we are going to break out the cream cheese, pumpkin and white bread, and cook up some stuffed French toast. Besides, with what we experienced in Utah yesterday, we deserve some comfort food. Keep going, you'll see what I mean.
Last weekend, we loaded up our daypacks with water, sunscreen, sandwiches and apples, and headed up Big Cottonwood Canyon for a hike. If you have ever skied Solitude or Brighton, then you have travelled up this beautiful canyon, complete with dramatic mountains jutting straight up from the side of the road and pine and aspen trees interspersed between the slate gray rocks. It is beautiful in every season, but really shows off its best side at the beginning of autumn.
We started at the trailhead, ready to set off on the 3-mile hike to Lake Blanche, which is flanked by Sundial, Dromedary and Sunrise Peaks. Three miles may not sound like a long route but when the elevation change is 2700 feet, you work up a sweat and an appetite. Let me tell you, turkey sandwiches never taste as good as they do when you are sitting by a mountain lake after a big hike. The boys were troupers, never complaining on the 5-hour round-trip journey. Our youngest picked up a walking stick within the first five minutes and strolled with it the whole way.
As much as I enjoy playing in the leaves in our own backyard and watching the mountains from afar as they change from a blanket of green to a rainbow of fall colors, there is something special about experiencing the changes of autumn right smack dab in the middle of nature. It is peaceful, it is spectacularly beautiful and it provides an opportunity to share it with each other. My husband and I always say that a quiet spot high in the mountains, where the hustle and bustle of every day life seems so far away, is our church.
Yesterday, a mere four days after the hike (in which we were wearing shorts and t-shirts), a cold front came through. I don't mean that there was just a nip in the air. No, I mean that the temperature plummeted from 85 degrees to 35 degrees F. And it snowed! In case you think I'm pulling your leg, here's a scene from our back door.
You can see why we might be craving comfort foods - foods that warm us from our fingertips to our toes. Pumpkin and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon hold a natural warmth, as though someone is wrapping a blanket around you. This stuffed French toast is full of all of those things and is a lovely way to start a weekend morning. Top it with toasted pecans for a little crunch and nutty flavor that complement the tenderness of the French toast nicely. Serve with pure maple syrup and a pat of butter, if you wish.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg until fairly smooth (it's okay if there are a few lumps).
Divide the pumpkin mixture across 6 pieces of bread, spreading almost to the edges. Place the pieces of bread on top to form sandwiches.
Note: I photographed this post with sandwich bread, but I highly recommend that you use a sturdy French country bread for better results.
Preheat a nonstick griddle to 375 degrees F or set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. With a nonstick griddle, it's not necessary to use any butter, but you may find you need to coat a nonstick skillet with some butter or cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Transfer to a shallow dish.
Place sandwiches in the egg batter, working with 2 at a time. Let the mixture soak into the bread, about 1 minute per side.
Transfer the sandwiches to the prepared griddle or skillet and cook until the bread is golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
Transfer to the oven to keep warm, laying the French toast in a single layer on a wire rack set over a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Serve with toasted pecans and pure maple syrup.
Other stuffed French toast recipes
Inn Cuisine's Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast
Panini Kathy's Banana-Stuffed French Toast
Eclectic Recipes' Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Maple Strawberry Syrup
La Bella Vita's Raspberry & Italian Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
- 6 ounces ⅓-less-fat cream cheese softened
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 16 slices French country-style bread
- 1 ¾ cups 1% milk
- 8 eggs
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans toasted
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg until fairly smooth (it's okay if there are a few lumps).
- Divide the pumpkin mixture across 6 pieces of bread. Place the pieces of bread on top to form sandwiches.
- Preheat a nonstick griddle to 375 degrees or a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. With a nonstick griddle, it's not necessary to use any butter, but you may find you need to coat a nonstick skillet with some butter or cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Transfer to a shallow dish.
- Place sandwiches in the egg batter, working with 2 at a time. Let the mixture soak into the bread, about 1 minute per side.
- Transfer the sandwiches to the prepared griddle or skillet and cook until the bread is golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to the oven to keep warm, laying the French toast in a single layer on a wire rack set over a large baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
- Serve with toasted pecans and maple syrup.
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I almost swooned when I saw the recipe title. It incorporates lots of my favorite brunch things and I happen to have some challah in my freezer just waiting to be made into french toast.
I have to tell you to that your pear applesauce has become a favorite with me and my family. My 18-month-old niece went bonkers for it. I'm going to try canning it in the next week or two and will report back with how it goes.
Made this last Sunday morning following our Thanksgiving dinner the night before (using leftover pumpkin from the pie I made). It was an absolute hit...so delicious! It was actually close to 30 degrees during the afternoon (in Southern Ontario in october!!), so we weren't craving anything typically Thanksgiving-like...but this really hit the spot. Thanks for the great recipe!
This post is stunning! I love that you do hikes like this as a family. As challenging as they are they bring us closer to one another and this beautiful place we live. Your fall photos are beautiful. And that pumpkin french toast...bring it!
a spoonful of yumm
never thought of stuffing french toast with pumpkin ! interesting....
snow?!? i'm not ready for that yet 🙂
Love this recipe - I made some pumpkin stuffed french toast last year, and it was awesome! I think it's time to make some again.
I love pumpkin flavored/filled EVERYTHING! This is a very exciting recipe to me. 🙂
Ashley's Cooking Adventures
This looks like the most amazing breakfast! Can I come over next time you make it? 🙂
Becky at VintageMixer
This sounds amazing! I'm loving all of the pumpkin recipes this year. Also, the photo of the mountains is just as stunning as the breakfast!
Can you scoop up some of that snow and send it down here? We are supposed to top 100 degrees again on Thursday . Oh well, I can dream about mittens, hot cider and this yummy French toast!
Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
This looks SO good. I'm quite sure I could eat this every day 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving -- Hopefully you were able to spend some quality time with the fam this weekend -- perhaps over this breakfast!
I absolutely love this fall breakfast 🙂
I just got my first can of pumpkin this season, but I can't decide what to do with it. I love the idea of this french toast.
Russell at Chasing Delicious
Yum, yum, yum! I saw an apple stuffed french toast the other day that I thought was cool but I'm thinking this one is way cooler. I am going to have to try this one soon.
This sounds like the best french toast ever!
I love this recipe! So perfect for fall and I love anything with pumpkin. Yum!
Crazy weather, beautiful scenery, delicious food. I like Utah! GREG
Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
I think I'm in love with this recipe. Actually I know I'm in love. This recipe is just incredible and so creative. I wish I had this for breakfast! Loveeeee it! 🙂
And I can't believe it snowed. wow! What a complete change in temperature.
This recipe is so clever. It sounds delicious too. Pumpkin filling is a great compliment to french toast. Love the scenes from your hike and the snow in your backyard. Wow...the temperature really changed in a short time.
Darla | Bakingdom
Oh lordy. I didn't even have a chance to read your post yet, because I had to tell you right off just how delicious this looks, Dara. Absolutely beautiful. I can hardly wait to try it!