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Pumpkin French Toast Bake

The weekends are calling your name to make this super quick and easy Pumpkin French Toast Bake that uses Pumpkin Brioche Bread from Trader Joe's. It's loaded with fall flavors and spice and is the perfect weekend treat that everyone will love.

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pumpkin french toast bake with a slice on a plate and topped with frosting.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Pumpkin French Toast Bake comes together quickly and easily.
  • It’s loaded with pumpkin spice and fall flavors.
  • The tops are crispy and golden brown but the inside is soft and tender.
  • Tastes amazing with the pumpkin streusel on top!
  • Enjoy it warm with maple syrup, or as a dessert with ice cream.
  • You can use any type of bread that you prefer.
  • A great and unique way to use the pumpkin brioche bread from Trader Joe’s.
  • Check out my Air Fryer Pumpkin Brioche French Toast for another Fall favorite.

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Pumpkin French Toast Bake. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

I used an entire loaf of the Pumpkin Brioche Bread from Trader Joe’s which is a seasonal item but such a good one! However, you can use regular brioche bread, challah bread, sourdough, white bread, wheat bread or any other bread, it all works!

I used oat milk to make the filling but you can use any type of milk that you prefer such as almond milk, cashew milk or regular dairy milk.

Eggs are going to work to create that custard like texture and hold everything together.

I like to use vanilla bean paste because i just personally love the flavor, but you can use vanilla extract as well!

Maple syrup is my favorite sweetener to use in my recipe because it’s all natural and unrefined. But you can also use coconut sugar, cane sugar or even brown sugar.

Add in both cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to bring out all those fall flavors.

What takes this french toast bake to the next level is the crunchy sweet and salty streusel topping. It’s made with grass fed butter, but you can also use oil, ghee or vegan butter.

I prefer to use all purpose flour, but you can also use a gluten free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthurs.

How To Make

ONE: Start by making the milk mixture. In a large bowl combine oat milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until ingredients are fully combined and set aside.

TWO: Next, cut an entire loaf of brioche bread into 1 inch cubes.

brioche bread cut into 1 inch cubes

THREE: Grease a 9×13 inch pan with butter or oil and then add in the cubed brioche. Pour the milk mixture over the bread and use a spoon to gently mix, you want to ensure each piece is coated in the mixture.

FOUR: In a small bowl add in the melted butter, flour, coconut sugar and salt. Mix well until a crumble starts to form, then use your hands to crumble the streusel evenly over the french toast bake. Cover with foil or parchment paper and bake.

SIX: Let cool for 10 minutes, slice into and enjoy!

Tips And Tricks

Grease a non-stick pan with butter to ensure the french toast bake does not stick.

Make sure each bread piece is well coated with the milk mixture.

Cover the french toast bake with foil or parchment paper. If using parchment paper, hold down the sides with oven safe clips.

How To Serve And Store

Serve this Pumpkin French Toast Bake warm and with a drizzle of maple syrup, powdered sugar icing, or vanilla ice cream for a dessert option. It will also taste amazing with a glass of Cold Brew with Pumpkin Cream Foam.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy up to 3-5 days. Reheat french toast bake in the oven, microwave or air fryer for the best method.

French Toast Bake can also be frozen, just wrap tightly with no air bubbles and freeze. Let thaw on the counter to bring to room temperature and reheat in the oven or air fryer.

a slice of the pumpkin french toast bake on a plate that is topped with icing.

Taste And Texture

This Pumpkin French Toast Bake is filled with pumpkin fall flavors. It’s sweet, slightly salty from the streusel topping and taste amazing warmed up with a drizzle of maple syrup.

The texture is soft, tender and crispy on the edges.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other type of bread can I use instead of brioche?

You can use ANY type of bread that you’d like!

Can I make this vegan?

Yes, you can! Just omit the eggs all together. But please note the texture may differ slightly.

Can I make this smaller?

Totally, just cut the recipe in half!

Why is my french toast bake soggy?

A few things can cause a soggy french toast bake. Either it wasn’t baked long enough, the bread that was used was too soft and tender, or there was too much milk to bread ratio.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Pumpkin French Toast Bake

The weekends are calling your name to make this super quick and easy Pumpkin French Toast Bake that uses Pumpkin Brioche Bread from Trader Joe's. It's loaded with fall flavors and spice and is the perfect weekend treat that everyone will love.
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PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
30 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
45 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

French toast

  • 2 cups oat milk, or any other milk alternative
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 16oz, 1 loaf of pumpkin brioche bread, cut into 1” cubes

Strudel topping

  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar, may sub cane sugar, brown sugar or monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, or a 1:1 gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

12 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475F and prepare a 9x13 inch pan by greasing with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine oat milk, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until ingredients are fully combined and set aside.
  3. Next, cut an entire loaf of brioche bread into 1 inch cubes.
  4. Add the cubed brioche pieces to the greased pan and pour the milk mixture over the bread. Use a spoon to gently mix, you want to ensure each piece is coated in the mixture.
  5. In a small bowl add in the melted butter, flour, coconut sugar and salt. Mix well until a crumble starts to form, then use your hands to crumble the streusel evenly over the french toast bake.
  6. Cover the pan with foil or parchment paper and bake for 3o minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes, slice into and enjoy!

Notes

  • Grease a non-stick pan with butter to ensure the french toast bake does not stick.
  • Make sure each bread piece is well coated with the milk mixture.
  • Cover the french toast bake with foil or parchment paper. If using parchment paper, hold down the sides with oven safe clips.

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