Friday, March 27, 2009

Pumpkin Waffled French Toast

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I love having breakfast for dinner sometimes!  It puts a nice little spin on things and is so delish.  For my French toast, I don’t usually sauté it in a pan, but I like to put it in a waffle iron because it gets a nice and crispy crust on the outside while still slightly gooey on the inside. . . . the perfect combo!  This time I decided to try a pumpkin flavored batter.  I first saw this great idea from Lee, who made it here and also from Body Mind Soul (both great blogs I may add!)  I just thought the pumpkin was such a great idea, thanks!  There is a nice hum of pumpkin flavor in the background, but not too strong.  I had a little bit of the batter left over, which I think I’m going to put in oatmeal next time!  I also like to use Trader Joe’s cinnamon swirl bread to give it added cinnamon flavor because I’m a cinnamon addict!  Greek yogurt is the perfect medium for dipping and I’m loving the strawberries coming in season.  Even though I don’t eat bacon that often, there is nothing like the real thing and is perfectly fine to eat every once in awhile.  It tastes so yum!

 

Pumpkin Waffled French Toast 

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Serves 4-5

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 loaf TJ’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread (about 6-7 slices) or your favorite french toast bread
  • 1 cup vanilla non-fat half-n-half (TJ’s brand) or you could use plain and add some vanilla extract
  • 1/3 heaping cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Various sides:  I chose an egg with a sprinkling of cheese, good ol’ bacon, greek yogurt for dipping and strawberries.

100_2565 Simply place all the ingredients into a pan and mix together well.  Soak each bread slice in the mixture and place onto a pre-heated waffle iron on the highest setting, sprayed with cooking spray.

When each one is done and golden, place on a sheet rack on top of a cookie sheet, and place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

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A nice close-up!  The texture is amazing with the pumpkin!

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I actually can’t wait to have this for breakfast again tomorrow, slathered with some peanut butter maybe?!

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What’s your favorite breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?

11 comments:

Emily said...

I love breakfast for dinner sometimes, too! Your pumpkin french toast looks really delish! I love pumpkin in pancakes! :-)

bhealthier said...

Hey! That is so awesome you make your own waffle version of it! That looks phenomenal! Lee actually got the idea from my original pumpkin french toast! Its super cool to see so many people enjoy it and really make it their own!

I like it with peanut butter too!

Shannon - www.thedailybalance.com said...

OMG that looks DELISH!!! love pumpkin ;)

Mo said...

Fun idea - I would have never thought of making French Toast in a waffle iron. I would be more likely to have dinner food for breakfast than the other way around. ;-)

Dori said...

That looks INCREDIBLE! I've made the B.Healthier/Lee french toast and my boyfriend and I were literally in heaven -- SO good!

kristen :) said...

Glad to see so many of you like it too! It is a really great recipe and even better for leftovers :)

Dori said...

Hi again! Thanks for your comment - I wasn't sure if you'd find my blog because you don't have the name/URL option for leaving a comment!

Anyway, spinning is seriously the most addicting thing. If you told me 2 years ago I would be addicted to an exercise I would have laughed in your face. I always wear my HRM and I have gotten up to 199! I usually max at 195.

One of my closest friends recently moved back to NY from Vegas, but when she was out there I visited her a few times!

thecleanveggie said...

oh my god! AWESOMEEE!!!!!

Emily said...

Yay you won my MixMyGranola contest! Send me your info, and I'll pass it on to Raoul for your gift certificate! :-)

Melissa said...

Looks like the perfect dinner "breakfast!!"

I love french toast. It has to be my favorite(out of the ordinary) breakfast food!!

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

thanks for the shoutout :-)!!!!!