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Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Recipes that don't tie me to the kitchen—that’s what I’m all about. I make this luscious dish the night before breakfast or brunch with guests. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 65 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) cinnamon-raisin bread
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional
  • Maple syrup, warmed, optional

Directions

  • Cut each slice of bread into quarters. Arrange half of the bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; layer with cubed cream cheese and remaining bread, pressing down slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, evaporated milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, fat-free milk, spices and salt. Pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with pecans. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with maple syrup.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 302 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 342mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Foodie
    Jan 31, 2019

    Used all ingredients as written except sliced the cream cheese for fuller coverage. Flavor was not bold enough to go to all this trouble again.

  • marcibanes
    Nov 9, 2017

    I thought this was excellent. The recipe was very easy to put together. The only change I made was using Buttermilk bread and adding extra seasoning.

  • Carol
    Oct 1, 2017

    I changed the recipe a bit, blended condensed milk, eggs cream cheese, added pumpkin, brown sugar and spices, left out milk. I added pecans and cinnamon sugar for the top. I don't care for the chunks of cream cheese in the recipe, but blended it in, turned out perfect. Husband and Grand kids loved it. Will be making it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • lurky27
    Mar 26, 2017

    So disappointed. I followed recipe exactly (using a whole can of pumpkin) & it just tasted blah.- Theresa

  • 14xmastrees
    Sep 10, 2016

    This was easy to make, and absolutely delicious. I made it exactly as directed. I would recommend not changing any part of the recipe. Honestly, I don't think using a different type of bread,as some reviewers indicated they did, will produce the same result,either in taste or presentation. I think you could switch from cinnamon raisin to cinnamon bread, but that would bethe only change I would make.

  • Angel182009
    Mar 9, 2016

    I thought this was easy to put together and the end result was fantastic! I loved the spice blend in this dish. I will be making this again.

  • PrplMonky5
    Mar 6, 2016

    I really should have listened to the other reviews. This was just ok. For the amount of effort and forethought that had to go into it, it was pretty bland. I could barely taste the cream cheese or the pumpkin. Like another person suggested I used more of the pumpkin puree than was called for, yet I still barely tasted the pumpkin. I also used a normal loaf of Italian bread. I now wonder if it would have had more flavor with a cinnamon raisin bread. The addition of chopped pecans was nice. I also did the right amount of spices and yet I didn't taste any of them. I don't think I'd try making this again.

  • maggiej.odea
    Sep 21, 2015

    I have made this quite a few times now and have (I think) found the best "recipe". First, I use pre-sliced Italian bread (approx. 10 pieces), instead of the cinnamon raisin. Then, instead of just 1 cup of pumpkin, I use a whole 15 oz can. No other changes to the ingredients, except I don't use the extra spices; just cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Also, when you pour the pumpkin mixture over the bread and cream cheese, do it slowly and make sure the bread is thoroughly saturated with the pumpkin mixture. Then, after refrigerating overnight, I bake it, uncovered, for 40-45 min. It comes out great everytime!

  • Grammy Debbie
    Apr 6, 2015

    No comment left

  • melfreas
    Mar 1, 2015

    We had this today for brunch. Yummy!! The only thing my husband said he would change would be to spread the cream cheese out a little better. I thought the blend of spices was perfect. Look forward to enjoying the leftovers!