I first shared this easy French toast casserole recipe just over three years ago, and it’s still one of my very favorite recipes I’ve created to date. While it’s never quite gotten the social media attention I feel it deserves, it’s become quite popular among my friends and family. It’s easily my go to brunch recipe and never fails to impress.
So when I was brainstorming for pumpkiny recipe ideas for my series with Dunkin’ Donuts, a pumpkin French toast casserole was one I kept coming back to. I figured it would be easy enough to incorporate pumpkin into my original recipe. But how to bring in the Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee flavor?
A pumpkin spice coffee glaze seemed like it would work well, especially if I dropped the original streusel topping, which would have been a bit too over the top. However, I almost scrapped the whole idea after several failed glaze attempts. Too sweet, too thin, too meh… None were worthy of this amazing breakfast dish.
As a last resort, I tried incorporating the pumpkin spice coffee into this cream cheese “syrup” recipe that we drizzle over cinnamon roll waffles — and hallelujah, it was the perfect blend of sweetness and espresso flavor with just a hint of pumpkin spice!
Perfect Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
It all starts with the pumpkin French toast casserole… There are two ingredients that I feel set my French toast casserole apart from all of the others.
1. My bread of choice is a round loaf of Hawaiian sweet bread. The soft texture just drinks up the custard mix, allowing this recipe to be prepared and baked immediately.
2. Adding sweetened condensed milk to the custard mix gives it plenty of sweetness without any grainy, undissolved clumps of sugar. The sweetened condensed milk also gives this pumpkin French toast casserole recipe a creamy texture that’s very much akin to a bread pudding.
Leaving the casserole “naked” while baking it allows you to get creative with toppings after the fact. My younger kids aren’t great fans of coffee (oh, the horror!), so they’re perfectly happy to eat it as is with a drizzle of real maple syrup or some fresh whipped cream.
Leaving it naked also makes it the ideal backdrop for the pumpkin spice coffee glaze. This stuff is just oh, so good — and only four ingredients! Butter, cream cheese, confectioners sugar and strong brewed Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee combine to create a glaze that’s perfect for drizzling. Add a handful of toasted pecan chips on top and you have the perfect guest-worthy brunch recipe!
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Yield 8 servings
Drizzled with a pumpkin spice coffee glaze, this fabulous pumpkin french toast casserole is perfect for a special brunch... No need to prep the evening before, just throw it together and bake!
- 1 (16-oz.) Hawaiian round sweet bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 4-oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons strong brewed Dunkin' Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9"x13" baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and kosher salt. Very gently fold in cubed Hawaiian sweet bread, and pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the center is set.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese until smooth.
- Whisk in the confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in the strong brewed coffee, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired strength of flavor.
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Serve this pumpkin French toast casserole with a hot cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee! And if you really want to knock your guests’ socks off, pair it with this maple pecan-crusted bacon. BOOM, brunch is served!
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