Frugal Foodie Mama: Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast

Friday, November 16, 2012

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast

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Okay, so who doesn't love a recipe that you can throw together the night before, refrigerate, and then just simply pop in the oven when you first wake up, and 45 minutes later have a moist, delicious, decadent breakfast that is ready to be served?
I love overnight french toast casseroles.  I love pumpkin.  I love the spiciness of chai.  Oh, and I love, love, love coconut milk.  So I thought why not make an overnight french toast using all of my favorite fall flavors?

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: Overnight
Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
Ingredients (4-5 servings)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 14oz can of coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • About 8-10 thick slices of day old bread (I used French bread in mine.)
Lightly spray a 8 x 11.5 baking pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat all 4 of the eggs.
Whisk in the coconut milk. (Make sure you shake up that can of coconut milk before adding it to the eggs! The solids in the milk can separate while sitting on the shelf.)

Now whisk in the pumpkin and vanilla extract. Once well mixed, add in the spices and the brown sugar and whisk again.

Layer your slices of bread in the prepared baking pan. I did two layers of bread slices. Now pour the egg/coconut milk/pumpkin mixture evenly over all of the bread. Push down the slices of bread with a wooden spoon to make sure they are all getting evenly coated. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Uncover your french toast that has been soaking in the pumpkin coconut milk goodness overnight, and pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes. The edges of the bread will be slightly crispy when done.
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I served my Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast with a sprinkle with powdered sugar.  You could also top it with a nice dollop of whipped cream.  This would be perfect the morning after Thanksgiving, or maybe to have in the morning before heading out to pick out that perfect family Christmas tree. 

When would be a good morning for you to make this? ;)

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