Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Made With Homemade Pumpkin Babka
The Kitchen Play Challenge
Are you looking for a mouth-watering recipe to wow your holiday guests? Then prepare yourself for a fabulous treat: Pumpkin French Toast Casserole – which I’ve prepared for Kitchen Play’s November Menu Challenge!
Each month, Kitchen Play hosts a Progressive Party that features a multi-course menu and enticing prizes from generous sponsors. Food bloggers are then invited to re-create their favorite recipes from the menus and to blog about their experience. Creativity in interpreting the recipes is encouraged. If you are a food lover, you must check out their site!
Calphalon is sponsoring this month’s challenge and I could not be more excited! I believe that the results you achieve in your kitchen depend, in large part, on the quality of the tools you use, and I know from personal experience that Calphalon makes great products! I have used Calphalon non-stick cookware and bake ware in my kitchen for well over a decade and have always been pleased with the results. I used a number of Calphalon products, including my 9 x 14 Baking Pans, 3 Loaf Pans, Cookie Sheet, Everyday Pan, Rubber and Slotted Spatulas, and Pastry Brush, while creating this recipe!
The Creative Process
Kitchen Play featured six fabulous recipes on their November menu. Although they all looked tempting, I knew I wanted to make Karly’s Pumpkin French Toast Casserole from the moment I saw it! Prince Charming and I are huge French Toast lovers, and we felt this would make an outstanding Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s brunch entrée for our holiday guests!
I created this recipe in two parts. First, to give this recipe a unique twist, I substituted the store-brought French bread used in the original recipe with our Homemade Pumpkin Babka Recipe. This enabled me to incorporate the wonderful flavors of pumpkin and pecans into the bread itself. I then transformed the Pumpkin Babka into Pumpkin French Toast Casserole, creating my own special Pumpkin Sauce along the way. The result is a decadently delicious dish that you and your guests will love. Enjoy!
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole Ingredients
3 Loaves of Pumpkin Babka, Sliced ½ Inch Thick
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar, Packed
2 2/3 Cups Pumpkin Puree
6 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
3 Cups Heavy Cream
1 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
3/4 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 ½ Teaspoons Cinnamon
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the Pumpkin Casserole ingredients except the Babka and stir together well.
3. Butter two 13 x 9 Calphalon baking pans. Place a layer of Pumpkin Babka in the bottom of each pan.
Ladle half of the Pumpkin Casserole Sauce over the Pumpkin Babka in the two pans. Add a second layer of Babka over the current layers and ladle on the remaining sauce.
4. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
5. Use a spatula to remove a section of the casserole onto your serving plate. Garnish with powder sugar and fruit. Serve immediately.
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