Yikes! It's been awhile since I've posted here on the blog. I needed some time to regroup after suffering from a shoulder injury this summer that left me unable to hold a camera or even type on my computer. Good news is I'm feeling so much better and ready to dive into pumpkin season. So, this week I am sharing this delicious Pumpkin Spiced Coffee French Toast recipe. I combined all the delicious aromas and flavors of pumpkin spice and coffee into a french toast recipe you will be craving all season long!
Pumpkin Spiced Coffee French Toast Ingredients
When Peet's Coffee asked me to create a recipe for them using their Alameda Morning Blend Coffee last year, the idea to use it in a french toast recipe immediately came to my mind. But, I never got around to posting the recipe here on the blog until now. You'll be surprised how easy it is to whip this up for breakfast, a yummy snack or maybe even for dessert!
You only need a few simple ingredients for this recipe:
- Bread- all great tasting French toast starts with delicious quality bread. Although I used brioche bread for this recipe, you can certainly substitute with any bread you prefer. Challah bread is another great choice for french toast. *TIP: Because the brioche bread I had was very soft (even though it was a day or two old), I lightly toasted it first then dipped it in batter before cooking on the griddle. The point is, you don't want to use a very soft bread or your french toast will be mushy.
- Milk & Egg- I used plain, unsweetened almond milk and one egg to make the custardy batter to dip the bread in before cooking (but you can sub in any type of milk). It creates a lovely coating on the bread which is a key element of french toast.
- Coffee- you can use whatever morning coffee or espresso you have leftover.
- Vanilla Extract- not essential, but I just think a hint of vanilla compliments the flavors of the coffee very well.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice- basically fall in a spice jar so use as little or as much as you like.
- Unsalted Butter- you can use vegan or regular.
- Maple Syrup- use good quality pure maple syrup (you won't regret it).
Note: To make the french toast completely plant-based (vegan), use a bread made without any dairy products (check label ingredients). Use non-dairy milk and vegan butter for this recipe.
How To Make French Toast
French toast is my go-to when I'm too lazy to make pancakes or waffles. It's especially great for weekdays because it comes together quickly. Here are the basic steps:
- Make the dipping batter by whisking together the milk, egg, coffee, vanilla and spice.
- Dip the bread into the mixture.
- Place the dipped bread onto a hot non-stick buttered griddle and cook until golden (bonus: your kitchen is going to smell ah-mazing!!!)
- Top the french toast with a pat or two of butter and your favorite fruit. I love to use sliced apples and pears in the fall.
If you enjoyed this recipe you may also like Vegan Berry French Toast Casserole
This recipe was sponsored by Peets Coffee.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee French Toast
- 6 slices brioche or challah bread *preferably 1-2 days old and cut into thick slices (lightly toasted in toaster first if very soft)
- ½ cup plain almond milk or unflavored milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoon leftover morning coffee or espresso
- 1.5 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice more if desired
- unsalted butter
- maple syrup
- Heat and butter a large non-stick skillet or griddle on medium heat.
- Whisk together the milk, vanilla, egg, coffee and pumpkin pie spice in a pie dish or bowl big enough for dipping.
- Dip bread into custard mixture to coat both sides, then place on skillet or griddle. *see notes
- Cook for roughly 3 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Place bread on plate and add butter, syrup, additional pumpkin spice and fruit toppings such as sliced pears if desired.