Pumpkin Pie Brioche French Toast!

by Michelle on November 11, 2009

French Toast; Recipes for “french toast” can be traced to Ancient Roman times. One of the original French names for this dish is Pain a la Romaine, or Roman bread.
Although a breakfast food in North America, Europe, Bermuda, it is a Christmastime dessert in Portugal and Brazil. Typical French toast is made with bread and eggs. Milk or sugar is commonly added. According to what is popular in local cuisine, many of the spices that are added to bread or egg dishes are included in cooking. This versatile dish is often topped with sugar, butter, fruit, syrup, or other items.
“French toast” can be found in print in the US as early as 1871. The Oxford English Dictionary cites usages of “French toast” in English as early as 1660 (toasted bread with wine, orange juice, and sugar), and cites an egg-based recipe of the same name from 1882.

 

French Toast has always been a favorite of my family and we have it as much for dinner as we do breakfast or brunch. And when I made the first recipe, Pumpkin Pie Brioche, for the new baking group, HBinFive, I knew it would make a good French Toast. And I was not disappointed, the Pumpkin French Toast was outstanding! I’m not sure if French Toast will ever be the same for us again after tasting it made with the Pumpkin Pie Brioche.

Ooops…almost forgot to mention that this is only 1 of 2 posts for the Pumpkin Pie Brioche, so stayed tuned for future postings!

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Simple French Toast
Recipe adapted from my Mom

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. milk
5-6 slices of bread (**See note if you’re using the Pumpkin Brioche)
Cinnamon
Cooking Spray like Pam

Option: Fresh fruit

Measure the milk into a small bowl. Add slightly beaten eggs and mix well. Pour milk/egg mix on to a small platter or pie plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with cooking spray.

Place a bread slice into the egg mixture, letting the slice soak up egg mixture for only a few seconds, then carefully turn to coat the other side. Coat only 1 slice of bread at a time and only as many slices as you will be cooking at one time. You may have to add more cinnamon.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French toast hot with butter, syrup and fresh fruit.

**Note: The Pumpkin Pie Brioche is soft so I cut the brioche into about 3/4″ slices and let the slices sit out on the counter to dry for an hour or so.

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If you are interested in joining HBinFive please send an email to ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you join HBinFive before November 15, 2009, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois.

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  • girlichef November 11, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Wowza, that is some pretty french toast!! Hopefully I can make some just like it. Soon! :)

  • Karen November 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    This looks wonderful! My kitchen is in a mess due to a remodel, but as soon as things are back to normal… I’m trying this recipe. Looks delish!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

  • Manuela November 11, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I am now having my morning coffee and I so wish I was eating it with this. Being a Brazilian gal myself, I can confirm that this is true, but where I grew up they now eat something similar to French toast year round. Brazilians love bread!

  • Kat November 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I used to make french toast a lot when my kids were at home. They always loved it! Using the pumpkin pie brioche sounds delicious!

  • Amanda November 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Soooo maybe I should come over to your house on Thursday and you can make me breakfast???? LOL

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies November 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Very tasty! My family would love this.

  • Joanna November 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, that’s what I made for breakfast today! Great minds… :)

  • Lori E November 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t think I could keep enough of the brioche around to make French toast the next morning.
    Bread seems to disappear into thin air around here.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen November 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I can’t believe you made French toast with the pumpkin brioche too! I just made some this morning myself and it was wonderful. You’ll be seeing my post soon :)

  • Danielle November 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    oh how yummy!! now I’m going to have to mix up another batch of the pumpkin pie brioche just so I can make this.

  • RJ Flamingo November 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Gee – that’s what I made for supper last night! :-) Only I baked mine (took no pics – not nearly as pretty as this!), since I already had the oven running from my first batch of the Master bread in HBin5.

  • Kayte November 11, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    You have such a way with styling and making everything look so delicious. I don’t really care for pumpkin and here I am looking at this and thinking maybe I do b/c this all looks so very good!

  • Elle November 11, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    So pretty! French Toast is one of my all time favorites!

  • Carol at Serendipity November 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    How pretty! Looks yummy. Why do you suppose I am always looking at the wonderful food posts when I am starving????

    Carol

  • Judy November 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I just put up a post on my PPB braid. It’s a disappearing too quickly to make it into French toast.

  • Megan November 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I’ll bet that was killer. Great picture! I’m on my second batch of dough. I’ll have to make some French Toast!

  • Fresh Local and Best November 12, 2009 at 12:18 am

    These are such beautiful photos of french toast! I’m going to have to look for pumpkin brioche!

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) November 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Love these! They look so very comforting! Perfectly browned too :) And adapted from MOM! Ahhh … the best recipes are always handed down, aren’t they? I love this post very much, Michelle!

  • Velva November 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Yum! A Pumpkin french toast. Love it!

  • Joanne November 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love all things pumpkin SO ridiculously much. Heavenly.

    I would love to join this baking group…I’ve been meaning to get more into baking breads lately. I will shoot you an email about it!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Sounds pretty fantastic to me… I love french toast for breakfast!

  • Katherine June 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

    When I click on the link to the pumpkin pie brioche, it says it can’t find the webpage. Ah!! Could you email me the working like or the recipe?? I would greatly appreciate it!

    – Katherine Ann
    katherinedibello@gmail.com

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