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Pumpkin French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese Drizzle

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese Drizzle


  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
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Ingredients

For the French Toast:

  • 5 cups cubed French baguette
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Tiny pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of salt

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Drizzle:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Additional powdered sugar, for serving
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

For the French Toast:

  1. At least six hours before you want to bake this (overnight is ideal), slice or cube the bread.
  2. Butter a 2-QT casserole or baking dish and place the cubed bread in the dish.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, half-and-half, pumpkin, sugar, syrup, vanilla, spices, and salt until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour the custard over the bread and gently press down to ensure that the bread is sufficiently and evenly submerged in the custard.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon until combined. Sprinkle liberally over the top of the chilled casserole.
  2. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is set and no longer runny and the top is crispy and golden.
  3. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes.

For the Cream Cheese Drizzle:

  1. While the casserole is baking, whisk together the cream cheese, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, starting with ½ cup, and mix until the mixture is of a drizzling consistency.
  2. Drizzle over the warm French toast casserole.

To Serve:

  1. Garnish with additional powdered sugar or maple syrup, as desired. Serve warm.