Ah, fall. The crisp air, the changing colors, kids making piles of fallen leaves to jump in, and of course the pumpkins! Yes, there is pumpkin carving, but also the wealth of dishes you can make with a simple pumpkin that become so popular this time of year.
I was lucky enough recently to receive some samples from the So Delicious company. Included in my box of goodies was the Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Beverage (oh, how blogging does have its perks!). One of the very few milk-like products I can actually drink straight from the glass, it is also a wonderful add to any chef or "wanna-be" chef's kitchen.
In the mood for French Toast, something that does not happen too often, I decided to kick up otherwise ordinary French Toast with some pumpkin spice. What better way to do that then with the Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk?
This comes together easily. I had a lot left over which I put in the freezer and have been reheating in the oven before serving. I would encourage you to make "extra" to freeze, it freezes beautifully and is just as good the second (and third) time around.
Spiced Pumpkin French Toast
1 loaf day old baguette or other crusty bread, cut into thick slices
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Beverage
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Cooking oil spray
Whisk the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice beverage, tapioca starch, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth.
Place a few bread slices in the liquid and allow them to sit for a few minutes to soak up the liquid.
Heat a griddle or large frying pan over medium to medium high heat. Spray with cooking oil and place the bread in the pan. Allow to cook for about five minutes or until it gets golden brown on the bottom. Flip and allow to cook another three to four minutes on the other side.
While the first batch is cooking soak the second batch of bread to be cooked in the liquid. Repeat until all slices are cooked.
To serve drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired).