Pumpkin French Toast with Coffee-Dusted Pecans

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Pumpkin French Toast with Coffee-Dusted Pecans // www.acozykitchen.com

This week has been solid. Super solid. Lots of full days, long to-do lists and lots of check marks next to stuff. The feeling of “have- worked” is one of my favorites. It makes that shower and beer at the end of the day feel soooo good. I even drank a beer in the shower and it was amazing. Do you drink stuff in the shower?! I sometimes have my morning cup of coffee in there and I loooove it, though it is tricky. You don’t wanna get soap water in your coffee/beer/juice, you know?

Earlier this week there was a lil’ giveaway and one of you in the comments said, “I can’t wait to make Pumpkin French Toast…” and I was like, whaaaa, that’s a thing?! I couldn’t get it out of my brain. I had to make it immediately! And so I did. It was heaven on a plate. I’m not trying to be all bossy, but you need to make this for breakfast very, very soon. You’ll love it.

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast

I initially thought that it might be cool to coat the French toast in finely chopped pecans, almost like corn flakes, but the pecans ended up being nearly burnt and the French toast looked kinda scary. A sprinkling of pecans turned out to be perfect.

The pecans are mixed with butter, brown sugar, ground coffee, whiskey and spices. They’re toasted in the oven and then finely chopped.

The French toast is so simple. Get a good loaf of challah or brioche. I found this beautiful challah at Trader Joe’s, if you can believe that! That store amazes me sometimes.

Brioche is a lot less sweet than challah, so If you end up using brioche, I’d recommend adding a tablespoon or two more of sugar.

This breakfast makes me happy. I hope you make it, eat a bite and then do a fist pump.

Pumpkin French Toast

Coffee-Dusted Pecans:
1/2 cup pecans
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground coffee
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons bourbon whiskey
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch salt

French Toast:
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree, plus 2 tbls
3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground ginger
Pinch salt
1 loaf of challah or bread of choice, cut into 1-inch slices

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a baking dish, toss together the pecans, butter, brown sugar, bourbon, cinnamon and salt. Roast the pecans for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown and toasted. Cool the pecans until you’re able to handle them. Chop up the pecans until finely chopped and set aside.

2. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt.

3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and transfer both to the oven.

4. Preheat your cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush the surface with butter or vegetable oil. (I like to do a little bit of both.) When melted or hot, place a slice of bread in the milk mixture, allowing it to soak for about a minute. Flip it over and allow to soak for 30-40 seconds more. Quickly transfer the slice of soaked bread to the hot skillet and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Transfer the french toast slice to the oven to keep warm. Give the skillet a wipe and repeat with butter or oil. Repeat the dipping of bread, soaking and cooking. Sprinkle the French toast with the pecans. Serve warm with maple syrup.

Makes 6 slices French toast; Serves 4

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe October 4, 2013 at 4:26 am

That challah loaf is just too cute! I’d never thought of making pumpkin french toast and now I’d want to kick myself in the ass…I mean, how is it that I have never had such an amazing idea?!
Btw, I so love the “have-worked” feeling too, when you end the day knowing you’ve accomplished all the tasks you had to do! Priceless!

xo, Elisa

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Tieghan October 4, 2013 at 5:25 am

The “have worked” feeling is the best. Nothing beats its!! I love checking things off my list and feeling like I am making good use of my time!

This french toast is KILLER and the bread is so cute! Love the coffee dusted pecans, those sound incredible!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

Cheya! Ok I totally drink things in the shower, coffee in the morning, beer on the weekend if it’s a later one. I was on a girl’s trip a few years ago and they were like “Wut? Drinks in the shower?” and I was all “Yeah do it!” and then we drank beer-mosas in the shower every day all week. Vacation win. Also, love this freach toast, k thanks BYE

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 4, 2013 at 6:11 am

Totally agree–its sort of similar to that feeling that you get when you finally organize or clean something after a while, so gratifying.

I canNOT believe you got that loaf of challah at TJ’s?! Whaaa?! I’m totally looking for that this weekend.

PS. Do you really drink coffee in the shower? I can’t seem to figure out how that is possible.

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

Just place it on the side of the shower. Sip away. It’s nice.

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker October 4, 2013 at 6:23 am

Girl, you are taking to someone who has eaten an ice cream sundae in the bath as a form of stress relief. Beer in the shower, brilliant.
I was about to make a pumpkin bread and butter today but I was horror out of bread!!! Now I miss it even more because your mouth watering post!

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

HAHAH! Ice cream sundae is amazing.

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cindy October 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

those pecans! and that bread! this looks amazing.

I definitely drink things in the shower, I get it…my fave are ice cold beverages, since I like to take super hot showers.

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

I do too! I have such a crazy high tolerance for hot water. It’s strange.

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Stacey October 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

Champagne or red wine in the shower. Always with Patsy Cline.

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

Patsy Cline. Yes.

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Pru October 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

Fun. Simply Fun. Love. :-)

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Sophie October 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thumbs up Trader Joe’s and thumb-up YOU for this recipe!! Oh my goodness, yes, yes. We have a Brunch Club every (most) Saturdays with our pals and we cook and eat and eat and then drink champagne and play board games until the evening hours. THIS would be perfect.

Also, love your drinking things in the shower! Teehee.

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

That sounds like the best idea for a club ever.

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Mallory @ Total Noms October 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

I ALWAYS drink coffee in the shower- I’m pretty sure it’s what commuter mugs are made for. That way no soap gets in! This french toast looks amaz!

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

Umm…a commuter mug is SO smart. Why didn’t I think of this! You’re a genius!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

I don’t know if I like the french toast more or the coffee-dusted pecans – either way, this looks like a winner!

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Anna @ Bashful Bao October 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

Those coffee dusted pecans sound amazing (as does the French toast)! I’d want to make a double batch just to have some on hand for snackage.

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Adrianna Adarme October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

A bit of leftover pecan-dusted pecans are still lingering in my kitchen and I seriously have been eating them by the handful as a snack. They’re amazing by themselves!

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Jenna October 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

Your posts make me so happy!!! :) Thank you thank you

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) October 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

I’m on the sixty second shower plan right now so coffee is very much a separate event – I had no idea people do that.
THESE pecans are you kidding me??? I want to make them with the French toast but also as something to have out before a dinner party or just to eat all by myself.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I love those pecans especially. LOVE this!

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Jennifer October 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I can basically smell this!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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Rebecca October 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

Ohh pumpkins are amazing, I am in a total pumpkin mode the last few days and I bake and cook with only pumpkin hahah :)

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Say WHAAAAA? I did not know that pumpkin french toast was a thing either!! I MUST HAVE IT!

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Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan October 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

Yes x 1,000,000!!!!

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Cass @foodmyfriend October 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Wow! You really fancied up the old French toast. To think it used to be a way to use up old brioche :P

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Brittany November 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

Where did the recipe go?!

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Adrianna Adarme November 8, 2013 at 6:44 am

Wha! I have no idea how it disappeared. Here it is!

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