Sunday, November 11, 2012

Baked Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I made this and promise is out-of-this-world good.  Especially if you like fall/pumpkin sorts of things. I didn't add the pecans because I don't like nuts much, and I never made the whipped cream.  Call me crazy, but I like good ol' Cool Whip better than the real stuff.  Maple syrup would be good too.  But to be honest, it was so yummy, I don't know if you need anything on top! 

Baked Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
For the French Toast
  • 1 14 ½ – ounce can pumpkin puree (about 2 cups)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish
    For the cinnamon whipped cream
  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, heavy cream, whole milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk until the mixture is homogeneous. Add in the cubes of French bread and toss to coat well.
    3. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 glass baking pan and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes or overnight so that the bread can absorb the custard (store, covered, in the refrigerator if preparing the night before). Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top of the French toast mixture and bake about 40 minutes until set in the center.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the cinnamon whipped cream by using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer to beat the heavy whipping cream together with the sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon (I add the cream to the bowl first, followed by the other ingredients; this helps the flavorings to be incorporated into the cream more easily). It’s best to begin with the mixer at medium speed so as not to slosh the cream out of the bowl, but as it starts to thicken, you can increase the speed in order to help it whip up faster. Whip until soft peaks form (when you lift the beater, a soft peak should appear and the tip should fold over). Be careful not to over-whip the cream; doing so will result in a denser texture that may be grainy.
    5. Allow the French toast to cool slightly before serving. Top each portion with cinnamon whipped cream and additional chopped pecans if desired.

    Cub Scouts

     A month or two ago Treyton found his nitch...Cub Scouts!
     He loves it!  Everything about it.  I remember my dad and brother being actively involved all my life and know that it is an amazing program.
     This particular week they learned about "rescue heroes".  They met local firefighters, police officers, search and rescue dogs, etc.
    They follow a pledge/promise that goes:
    I, (name), promise to do my best,
    To do my duty to God and my country,
    To help other people, and
    To obey the Law of the Pack.
    I was curious what the Law of the Pack was so I looked it up:
    The Cub Scout follows Akela.
    The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
    The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
    The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
    And the Cub Scout motto:
    Do your best.
    A great reminder for all of us!