Overnight Pumpkin Brioche French Toast is perfect for holidays or brunch! This rich french toast has all of the pumpkin spice flavor you love!
Easy breakfast casseroles are key to entertaining! Also be sure to check out our Western Hash Brown Casserole and this family favorite, Disco Fries Casserole! Brown gravy, mozzarella cheese and frozen, diced potatoes that bake into the most comforting casserole that can be served for brunch or a side to dinner!
Brioche Makes The BEST French Toast, Here’s Why
Brioche bread is just all around delicious to begin with. Rich and buttery and such a soft texture, it makes the perfect base for any french toast recipe. But it’s especially perfect for this Overnight Pumpkin Brioche French Toast!
The thick slices of hearty brioche stand up to the overnight soak in pumpkin cream, which is one of the best parts about this pumpkin french toast. You can make this entire breakfast casserole ahead of time and then bake it off in the morning.
Your guests (or lucky family) will wake up to the pumpkin spice scents of this french toast baking in the oven!
Overnight French Toast Ingredients
While brioche bread is key to this recipe, you’ll need a few basic ingredients and pantry items to make this rich and delicious pumpkin french toast!
- Brioche Bread: Buttery, rich, soft brioche bread. There’s really no other substitute.
- Pumpkin Puree: Real pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling gives this french toast its signature fall flavor.
- Cream: Heavy cream here, no substituting.
- Whole Milk: Again, whole milk is going to give the best flavor and texture to the cream base, if you have to substitute, I’d only recommend going down to 2% if needed.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: This spice is so popular around the Fall and Winter months it’s often sold out in stores, so grab it up and keep it on hand.
- Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar is best for this french toast but if you only have light brown sugar that will work too.
- Pecans or Walnuts: Whichever you prefer, we like pecans for this french toast but walnuts are a great addition.
- Butter: Lots of butter for coating the brioche before baking.
How To Make Overnight Pumpkin French Toast
After you slice and butter the brioche bread, mix up the ingredients for the pumpkin cream in a large bowl. Pour the cream over the bread, pressing the bread down gently into the cream mixture.
The cream mixture will absorb into the bread as it sits overnight. The tops will stay drier, giving you this delicious combination of flavors and texture after it bakes.
The top of this pumpkin french toast will be crispy and browned and the center and the bottom will be rich and custardy. It’s really the most perfect breakfast casserole recipe ever!
Tips For The Best Brioche French Toast
There are a few tips to making this brioche french toast the best it can be. Not slicing the bread to thin is first on the list, you don’t want the bread to be so thin that it falls apart when it soaks up the pumpkin cream. So about 1/2 thick slices or a little bigger will work best.
Letting the brioche soak overnight is another key to getting the best flavor. If you don’t have overnight, at least 6 hours will do the trick.
Baking this french toast on a lower oven temperature, 350 in this case, will cook the french toast through without overcooking or burning the tops. But if the tops do start to get too browned, cover with a sheet of foil and continue baking.
Toppings And Serving Ideas
We like to serve this Overnight Pumpkin Brioche French Toast with lots of powdered sugar and chopped pecans, as shown above. That way everyone can add the toppings that they like. Our youngest son likes this pumpkin french toast just like that, no syrup or anything on top.
But we love pouring on real maple syrup and even adding a big dollop of whipped cream on top of that, too. I mean, we’re talking about a special day here, right?
I imagine you guys aren’t making overnight french toast just for an average weekday, but if you are, we could definitely be friends.
How To Store And Reheat Leftover French Toast
To store this french toast, simply cover with plastic wrap or foil and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating this pumpkin french toast couldn’t be easier. The best way to do it is right in the microwave! That’s another reason why we leave the toast dry and let everyone add their own toppings so that reheating is as good as the day it was made.
Alternately, you can reheat this french toast covered with foil in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.
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Overnight french toast is perfect for busy mornings, overnight guests or holiday entertaining! This rich, delicious brioche french toast has hints of pumpkin spice to get you in the mood for fall!
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 pound brioche bread
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Powdered sugar, Whipped topping and maple syrup for serving
- Butter a 2 quart baking dish. Slice the brioche into 1/2 inch thick slices and then spread one side with the softened butter. Place the bread in the baking dish upright, overlapping the slices (as shown in the photos).
- Add the eggs, milk, cream, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt to a large bowl. Whisk until combined and pour over the bread, pressing the bread lightly into the liquid.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (about 6 hours needed, but can be longer)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap and add the chopped pecans to the top of the bread. Bake until lightly browned, about 45-50 minutes. If the top gets too dark as it’s baking, cover with foil and continue baking until the center of the bread is set.
- Let the french toast rest for 10 minutes and then top with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped topping and maple syrup if desired.
- Category: Breakfast / Brunch
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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