Pumpkin French Toast

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Pumpkin French Toast with Coffee-Dusted Pecans // www.acozykitchen.com

Today we are discussing this Pumpkin French Toast! This week has been solid. Super solid. Lots of full days, long to-do lists and lots of check marks next to stuff. The feeling of “have- worked” is one of my favorites. It makes that shower and beer at the end of the day feel soooo good. I even drank a beer in the shower and it was amazing. Do you drink stuff in the shower?! I sometimes have my morning cup of coffee in there and I loooove it, though it is tricky. You don’t wanna get soap water in your coffee/beer/juice, you know?

Earlier this week there was a lil’ giveaway and one of you in the comments said, “I can’t wait to make Pumpkin French Toast…” and I was like, whaaaa, that’s a thing?! I couldn’t get it out of my brain. I had to make it immediately! And so I did. It was heaven on a plate. I’m not trying to be all bossy, but you need to make this for breakfast very, very soon. You’ll love it.

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast

How to Make Pumpkin French Toast

I initially thought that it might be cool to coat the French toast in finely chopped pecans, almost like corn flakes, but the pecans ended up being nearly burnt and the French toast looked kinda scary. A sprinkling of pecans turned out to be perfect.

  • The pecans are mixed with butter, brown sugar, ground coffee, whiskey and spices. They’re toasted in the oven and then finely chopped.
  • Next, you combine the liquid mixture and this is what we’re using for the French toast.
  • The French toast is so simple. Get a good loaf of challah or brioche. I found this beautiful challah at Trader Joe’s, if you can believe that! That store amazes me sometimes.
  • Brioche is a lot less sweet than challah, so If you end up using brioche, I’d recommend adding a tablespoon or two more of sugar.
  • You dip the slices of challah into the pumpkin mixture and then cook it on a non-stick skillet until it’s toasted on both sides.

This breakfast makes me happy. I hope you make this Pumpkin French Toast. If you do, let me know on Instagram! 

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 143kcal
Pumpkin French Toast with Coffee-Dusted Pecans is a delightful autumnal breakfast. If you have extra pumpkin puree hanging around, this is a great place for it!


  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon whiskey
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 loaf of challah or bread of choice, cut into 1-inch slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a baking dish, toss together the pecans, butter, brown sugar, bourbon, cinnamon and salt. Roast the pecans for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown and toasted. Cool the pecans until you're able to handle them. Chop up the pecans until finely chopped and set aside.
  • In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and transfer both to the oven.
  • Preheat your cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush the surface with butter or vegetable oil. (I like to do a little bit of both.) When melted or hot, place a slice of bread in the milk mixture, allowing it to soak for about a minute. Flip it over and allow to soak for 30-40 seconds more. Quickly transfer the slice of soaked bread to the hot skillet and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Transfer the french toast slice to the oven to keep warm. Give the skillet a wipe and repeat with butter or oil. Repeat the dipping of bread, soaking and cooking. Sprinkle the French toast with the pecans. Serve warm with maple syrup.
CuisineAmerican, Breakfast
Keywordbrioche french toast, challah, challah french toast, pumpkin french toast
Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3314IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Phyllis November 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Is the 1 teaspoon ground coffee “instant” or for drip coffee?

  • Reply Brittany November 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Where did the recipe go?!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Wha! I have no idea how it disappeared. Here it is!

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Wow! You really fancied up the old French toast. To think it used to be a way to use up old brioche 😛

  • Reply Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan October 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Yes x 1,000,000!!!!

  • Reply Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Say WHAAAAA? I did not know that pumpkin french toast was a thing either!! I MUST HAVE IT!

  • Reply Rebecca October 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Ohh pumpkins are amazing, I am in a total pumpkin mode the last few days and I bake and cook with only pumpkin hahah 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer October 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I can basically smell this!

    xo Jennifer


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