Looking for a cozy and delicious breakfast to welcome the fall season? Enter Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole—a delightful dish that combines the flavors of pumpkin pie with the comfort of French toast. It's perfect for home cooks, breakfast enthusiasts, and anyone who loves pumpkins. Best of all, it's incredibly easy to make!

Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole


Here's what you'll need to whip up this autumnal treat:

  • 1 loaf of brioche or challah bread: Cut into 1-inch cubes. The bread's richness adds extra flavor.
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree: Gives that irresistible pumpkin flavor.
  • 8 large eggs: Helps bind everything together.
  • 2 cups of milk (whole or 2%): Add creaminess to the mixture.
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream: For extra richness.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar: Sweetens the casserole and pairs well with pumpkin.
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract: Enhances the overall flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon: For warmth and spice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg: Adds a nutty, spicy note.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger: Bring a touch of heat.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves: Complements the pumpkin flavor.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt: Balances the sweetness.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Bread

  1. Cut the brioche or challah bread into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Spread the cubes evenly in a greased 9x13-inch baking dish.

Step 2: Make the Custard Mixture

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, and pumpkin puree.
  2. Add the brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

Step 3: Combine and Chill

  1. Pour the custard mixture evenly over the bread cubes in the baking dish.
  2. Use a spatula to press the bread down, ensuring all pieces soak up the custard.
  3. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the bread to absorb the custard fully.

Step 4: Bake the Casserole

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set.

Step 5: Optional Variations

Feel free to customize your Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole:

  • Add nuts: Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top before baking for added crunch.
  • Use different breads: Try using sourdough or French bread for a different texture and flavor.
  • Include mix-ins: Fold in dried cranberries or raisins for a fruity twist.

Serving, Storing, and Reheating


  • Serve warm, topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of whipped cream.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • Reheat individual portions in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, or reheat the entire casserole in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes.


There you have it! A scrumptious Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole that's sure to impress at any breakfast table. We’d love to hear how your casserole turned out! Share your experiences and personal touches in the comments below.

Happy Cooking! 🍁

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