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Baked Pumpkin French Toast Breakfast Casserole

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast Breakfast Casserole Recipe

We are big fans off eggs — you might have already known that, especially if you’ve see our Kale with Egg and Toast, Smoky Green Salad or Portobello with Eggs. So, when we were asked by Betty Croker and Land O Lakes to share one of our recipes that takes advantage of our favorite ingredients, we said yes. Here’s what we came up with an easy pumpkin French toast breakfast casserole– it’s full of holiday flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon and ground ginger, serves at least 8 people and is prepped the night before so all you have to do is bake it in the oven the next morning.

P.S. If you check out Land O Lake’s website, there are a bunch of coupons and offers so you can give them a go, too.

How to make a Baked Pumpkin French Toast Breakfast Casserole

You’re going to need some day-old hearty bread. Go for a French loaf or do what we did, use half a French loaf and half of a pumpernickel round. We loved the duo of color you get form using two breads, but you could certainly choose to use one. Then, you need half and half, eggs, pumpkin puree (from a can), brown sugar, bacon, nuts, spices and maple syrup for when you serve.

Start by mixing the eggs, half and half, pumpkin puree, brown sugar and spices together. For the spices, we used cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Fill a large baking dish with the bread. We cut the bread into 1-inch chunks. Then, arrange the bacon pieces and nuts around the whole dish.

Note: When we originally created this recipe, we used a cast iron pan. After a comment from one of our readers, we have learned that acidic foods can actually cause a cast iron pan (especially newer or unseasoned cast iron pans) to impart an iron/metallic flavor into the food. Because of this, we have decided to call for a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish instead of a cast iron pan in the recipe.


Pour the egg mixture all over the bread, bacon and nuts and press down onto the bread to make sure all the bread is moistened.

Now, cover with foil, place into the fridge and go to bed where you can dream away.

The next morning bake the casserole in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes covered and another 20 minutes uncovered until it’s golden brown and puffed. Then, serve warm with lots of maple syrup.

Did you like this breakfast casserole recipe? If so, you may also enjoy another breakfast casserole with oatmeal, strawberries and banana.

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast Breakfast Casserole
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Prep this breakfast casserole the night before and wake up to an easy breakfast or brunch that is packed with holiday flavors. Note: When we originally created this recipe, we used a cast iron pan. After a comment from one of our readers, we have learned that acidic foods can actually cause a cast iron pan (especially newer or unseasoned cast iron pans) to impart an iron/metallic flavor into the food. Because of this, we have decided to call for a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish instead of a cast iron pan in the recipe.
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Yield: 8
You Will Need
  • 6 (1-inch) slices French Loaf, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 (1-inch) slices Pumpernickel Loaf, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup nuts (such as: pecan halves or walnuts)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • real maple syrup
  1. Add bread pieces, bacon and pecans to a large baking dish (13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish or 12-inch oven safe skillet).
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin puree, half and half, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt.
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread, making sure they are evenly covered. Press the bread down slightly to help the bread absorb the egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Bake covered for 40 minutes and then uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the center is set and top is puffed and golden brown. Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.


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1 Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen November 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I can’t have enough of those eggs too! please continue posting amazing egg recipes! This bread pudding looks wonderful. its different from the one i usually have cuz you used 2 different breads! amazing idea… playing with textures! why had i never thought of that!


2 Rachel (teacher-chef) November 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

YUM – I love breakfast bake casseroles. I think that this would travel well too. I’m going to make this at home, bring it with me with my other Thanksgiving Goodies and then have Breakfast ready for the family we are staying with (to be determined if it gets eaten before or after shopping)


3 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

Ooh my… I want this for breakfast right now! It looks absolutely amazing. I’m thinking this will have to make an appearance at my house on Thanksgiving morning so I have fuel for the day in the kitchen!


4 rctv October 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

Do you really overnight your casserole in a cast iron skillet? How do you keep it from getting that iron flavor?


5 Joanne October 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi there! Great question — Our cast iron skillet is really well seasoned, which is why we have never found a problem. However, with some research (thanks so much for asking this question), we found that it is common that acidic foods can cause the cast iron pan to impart some iron/metallic flavor into the food. So, after learning this, we’ve changed our recipe and call for using a baking dish instead.

Thanks again! Joanne


6 Susie Q LaLonde November 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This is an amazing dish…but I put a small twist on it that made it just a tad bit different (very tasty) instead of all of the half and half I used 1 1/2 cups half and half and 1 1/2 cups of egg nog and omitted half of the eggs. It is really delicious and please try it….it gives more of a “holiday” flavor to the dish and I personally will make it this way all of the time.


7 Joanne November 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi Susie, love your twists!


8 Karen October 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Couldn’t you also make this in a crockpot? Sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it.


9 Joanne October 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

We have never tried this made in a crock pot. If you do try it, we’d love to find out how it went :)


10 KitchenKathy May 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

I want to make in my cast iron 10′ fry pan. I noticed your comments about acidic foods reacting in CI. Maybe I am inexperienced cook, but, what ingredient qualifies as acidic in this recipe? It sounds delicious and it doesn’t have any tomatoes so I’m just curious. Thanks


11 Joanne May 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi Kathy, The concern from other commenters came from the length of time the casserole would be in the pan (since it can be an overnight recipe). Brown sugar is a little acidic. It is completely up to you as far as what dish you use. We did not really come across any problems from our cast iron pan, but since it could be an issue for others we thought it was better to be safe than sorry.


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