Pumpkin French Toast Casserole & Calphalon

This post sponsored by Calphalon. As always, all opinions are my own.

It’s fall. Clearly. I mean, I already bought 18 bags of Halloween candy, ate them all before the Trick Or Treaters could arrive, and then bought 18 more bags only to discover that not too many Trick or Treaters even come to my house, so now I’m left with about 17 more bags of candy. I’m not very good at math, but by my calculations I’ve eaten my own weight in Halloween goodies. That right there is a sure sign that we’re in the midst of fall.

Believe it or not, though, I’m not really all sugared out yet. So, when Kitchen PLAY and Calphalon asked me to be part of their November progressive party and to create a fall entree to share, I decided to create an entree that is meant to be drenched in sugar. Duh. It’s just the way I roll. You all should know this by now. Sure, the rest of the bloggers involved are creating dinner recipes, but I’m weird. I’ve always been weird and I’ll always continue to be weird, and if you come to my house for dinner you might be served cocktails, appetizers, vegetables and French toast. It’s just the way I am. Don’t judge.

Calphalon sent me a gorgeous XL Digital Convection Oven to cook my entree in and I know what you’re thinking – gorgeous? It’s an oven.


photo snagged from Calphalon

Yeah. I find appliances very sexy and I think it’s rather suspicious that you don’t. Appliances are FUN, y’all.

Anyway, the oven is a tiny bit bigger than my microwave and sits right on my counter top. It’s stainless steel and extra supah fancy looking. I like it. Best part? It fits a 9×13 pan. Worst part? The 9×13 pan only fits if it doesn’t have handles. All of mine have handles, so I snagged a couple of foil pans from the store and got to baking.

(Calphalon also sells a nice 9×13 that has no handles. It’s pretty, too.)

I love that I can cook dinner right on my counter top without heating up the big oven. It is going to be so amazing to have two ovens this holiday season! It can even roast a 4 pound chicken, y’all. The temperature seemed very accurate and it baked my French toast casserole perfectly.

Speaking of French toast casserole…

Basically, all I did was take that classic French toast casserole that everyone’s mom makes for Christmas morning and I added pumpkin. Easy enough, but man, does pumpkin ever transform plain ol’ French toast into something fabulous.  Oh, and I might have added a praline topping, too. Like I said, I’m not sugared out yet.

This makes a fabulous fall breakfast. It’s warm, comforting, and full of all those fall spices we love.

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Pumpkin French Toast Casserole & Calphalon

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Servings: 8
Calories: 689 kcal

The praline topping is so perfect on this Fall inspired french toast recipe!

Ingredients

For the French toast:
  • 1 loaf French bread about 16 ounces
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
For the praline topping:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

For the French toast:
  1. Slice the French bread into slices 1/2 inch thick. Arrange bread in one layer on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set aside remaining bread slices.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  3. Pour half of the egg mixture over the bread.
  4. Top with the remaining slices of French bread and pour the remaining egg mixture over the top.
  5. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
For the praline topping:
  1. Melt the butter in the microwave in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour the remaining ingredients into the belted butter and stir until combined.
  3. Pour the topping over the French toast casserole.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.
  5. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole & Calphalon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 580mg 24%
Potassium 308mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 35g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 93.8%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 13.8%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

praline topping recipe courtesy of Paula Deen