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Also known as baked french toast, this overnight french toast recipe is an easy seasonal breakfast. Thick cut slices of bread are soaked in pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, and cream overnight. The next morning, wake up, pour on the pecan praline topping and bake. This makes for a phenomenal breakfast that is done in a flash.
How Long To Soak French Toast
Normally, french toast only needs to soak in the egg mixture for a moment or two before cooking on the griddle. With overnight french toast however, the bread soaks for up to 12 hours.
This is made possible by the use of thick cut and slightly stale bread.
When you’re loading the egg mixture into the bread, it is important to watch for the bubbles. (As seen in the photo below.) Those bubbles are a sign of the bread absorbs the liquid. Once the bubbles have stopped rising, you know it is saturated enough to transfer to the baking dish.
What Kind Of Bread Should I Use?
My favorite bread to use is a very crusty french bread. It is fairly neutral in its flavor, so it doesn’t make the overnight french toast taste strange. Also, it is sturdy enough that it won’t get too soggy and become more like bread pudding when cooked.
Pretty much any artisan bread from the bakery will hold its shape well enough. I would avoid any of the pre-sliced loaves that come in the plastic sleeves however. (Think white bread, sandwich bread, etc…)
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How To Turn This Into An Overnight French Toast Casserole
If you want to make this overnight french toast more like a breakfast casserole, this recipe is simple to convert. Simply cut the bread into cubes instead of slices and stir it into the pumpkin egg mixture. When it bakes, this binds it together better for easier cutting and portioning. The refrigerating and baking will still follow the recipe as written.
Using this method is like making a breakfast bread pudding. It isn’t bad by any means, but the texture is a bit different. Following the recipe as written right now gives you more texture by leaving the bread crusts exposed. When the bread is cut up and tossed like this, the crust absorbs more liquid and disappears into the casserole.
Neither method is better than the other, it is all about personal preference.
Tips For This Overnight French Toast Recipe
- Use homemade pumpkin puree for a rustic flavor. Homemade pumpkin puree tends to be a little sweeter than the canned stuff. Not only that, but it can also add a little extra texture depending on how smooth you make the puree.
- DO NOT forget to butter the pan. Make sure there is a thick coating of butter along the bottom and sides of the baking dish. In fact, I recommend getting your fingers in there to make sure the corners and edges aren’t missed. This overnight french toast will glue itself to the baking dish and be almost impossible to remove with the butter.
- Set the slices of bread upright. As you load the soaked bread into the baking dish, you want to angle the bread as upright as possible. This allows you to fit the whole loaf into the pan and prevent sogginess. You may have to adjust some of the slices before refrigerating for best success.
- Stale bread makes better french toast. Once the bread seems too hard to eat but can still be cut, it is just right for this overnight french toast. The staleness helps absorb and remoisturize the bread and makes for the best french toast.
Pumpkin Overnight French Toast Recipe
The pumpkin praline topping is almost like a caramel. It is made with melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. You can make it the night before and leave it covered at room temperature, or fresh in the morning. I tend to find it is easier to sprinkle the topping if I make it fresh.
Since this topping is so rich, this overnight french toast doesn’t really need anything else. You can add a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some fresh whipped cream, but the recipe is moist enough without them.
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Happy Cooking! 🙂
Overnight Pumpkin French Toast with Pecan Praline Topping
- 2 loaves french bread
- 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
Pecan Praline Topping
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup Dixie dark brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Cut the french bread into slices that are around ¾ - 1 inch thick. Discard the heels of the loaf. Butter a 9x13” baking dish on the bottom and sides.
- In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, salt and cinnamon until smooth. Submerge each slice of bread into the egg mixture, holding it down until the bubbles stop rising. This only takes a few seconds for each piece. Transfer to the buttered baking dish forming two rows.
- Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped pecans. Drizzle the pecan topping over the middle of each row of soaked bread. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until the tops of the bread are golden brown and toasty. Serve.
- Try not to go longer than 12 hours for the soaking. If you let it stay in the refrigerator for too long the flavor will warp and start to taste funny.
- This cooked overnight french toast can be easily reheated in the microwave or oven and served again. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
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