Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Bake
This overnight pumpkin french toast bake is the perfect dish for chilly fall mornings. It’s topped with a chunky spiced pecan streusel.
Soups, one-pot meals, and overnight bakes are everything right now. Our family seems to have caught a virus that won’t go away. This is round 2 and I’m exhausted. It’s one thing when you’re sick, another when your kids are sick, but a completely different ball game when you’re ALL sick… for 2 weeks (again). We’ve been surviving on easy meals, breakfast for dinner has become a frequent request. I’m talking eggs, bacon, smoothies and this french toast bake. It’s super easy to prep. Mix everything together, toss it in the fridge to rest overnight, pull it out, add the streusel right before baking and then pop it in the oven to get all crunchy and caramelized!
You can use almost any kind of bread (challah, brioche, croissants, french bread etc), just cube it up and toss it into a buttered baking dish. Pour the spiced pumpkin mixture over top, then wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
Before baking it, you’ll want to make the streusel topping. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or your fingers), cut in the cold butter until small chunks form. Mix in the chopped pecans (totally optional) and combine. Sprinkle the streusel over the refrigerated bake.
Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (you may need to tent the top of the bake with a piece of foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning). Remove it form the oven and let it cool/set for 5 minutes before serving.
Dust the top with powdered sugar and drizzle on some maple syrup… then dig in! This overnight pumpkin french toast bake would be perfect for special occasions (Thanksgiving or Christmas morning) or for those lazy weekends (or weeknights)!
- 1 loaf brioche or challah bread OR 6 croissants, cubed
- 2 c. whole milk
- ½ c. heavy cream
- ¼ c. granulated sugar
- ¼ c. brown sugar, packed
- 6 eggs
- 1 c. pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. kosher sea salt
- For the streusel:
- ½ c. brown sugar, packed
- ½ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch kosher sea salt
- ½ c. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
- ¼ c. chopped pecans
- Butter or spray a 9x13-inch baking dish, add cubed bread; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, sugars, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- To make the streusel, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry cutter (or your fingers), cut in the cold butter until small chunks form. Add the chopped pecans and combine. Sprinkle the streusel over the refrigerated bake.
- Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour (you may need to tent the top of the bake with a piece of foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning). Remove form the oven and allow to cool/set for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup; if desired.
-If you don't have time to let this set overnight, allow it to rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple