It's that time of year when everything featured at the grocery store has one special ingredient: pumpkin! From pumpkin granola to pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin is the main event. But what do you do when you buy the large 32 oz. can of pumpkin because it's on sale for the same price as the small can but your pumpkin pie recipe only calls for a 16 oz. can? Or what about when you have a pumpkin craving you need to satisfy before Thanksgiving rolls around? Or when you want some pumpkin for breakfast?! This recipe can help you solve all of those problems: pumpkin bread french toast.

The inspiration actually came from my housemate. I got a text from her a couple of Sundays ago asking if we had cloves and I immediately crossed my fingers that she was going to make pumpkin bread. Sure enough, I came home to the wonderful smell of perfectly spiced pumpkin bread! The loaf was amazing- so, so good. I think I ate 3/4 of it... In exchange for the amazing bread, I decided to surprise my housemate with some breakfast the next morning! What did I make her? Pumpkin bread french toast. Yes, pumpkin bread french toast. It might not be a real thing.. but it should be. Imagine the most perfect loaf of pumpkin bread and then the most perfect french toast. Now combine them. That's how good this is! Hey, you can go for just the pumpkin bread if that's what you're feeling, but this french toast is truly amazing.  It takes all of two minutes once you've got your loaf baked too because all of the flavor is already in the bread, so it's nice and easy even on a weekday morning!

pumpkin bread french toast

pumpkin bread:

3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 16 ounce can pumpkin
2/3 cup water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl. Then combine the sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin, and water in another and mix to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir to combine. Pour into two prepared loaf pans and bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from the pans and then serve warm or make into french toast once completely cooled!

pumpkin bread french toast:

1 egg/4 slices of toast
2 tablespoons of milk
Butter to coat the pan

Heat a non-stick, large pan over medium heat. Beat the egg with the milk in a wide bowl. Slice the pumpkin bread into 1/2"-3/4" slices and soak each side in the egg mixture. Melt some butter in the pan and place the soaked pumpkin bread in the pan. Let sizzle until the egg has set and begun to brown on the side touching the pan, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and let sit for another 2 minutes. Remove from pan, drizzle with syrup, and serve!

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