There are a whole class of people who get embarassingly excited when Starbucks adds,
” Pumpkin Spice is Back!”
to their chalkboard.
I am definitely in that class.
This time of year I love all things pumpkin.
So, when Thomas’ asked me if I wanted to try their new, limited edition of Pumpkin flavored products, I was like,
“Hello! Of course!”
The bagels and english muffins have been great on their own-the perfect combo of sweet and savory.
But this Pumpkin Spice French Toast Strata really takes the cake. (Sans sugar or cream!)
I came up with it on a lazy weekend morning with my two little guys and they both asked for seconds.
Perhaps some pumpkin spice lovers in the making
Enjoy my friends and happy early weekend!
I am headed even further up north today. ie: Into the cold!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 4)
3 Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice bagels cut into about 1″ pcs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Seasoning (I used Penzey’s)
1/2 + 1/4 cup of ff milk*
1 TBS of pumpkin puree*
1 TBS of finely crushed walnuts (found in the bakers aisle)
1 tsp honey
100% pure maple syrup
Here’s What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a 8×8 pan with non-stick generously. (Don’t forget the sides!) Whisk the eggs together, stirring in 1/2 cup of milk, the pumpkin spice and the honey. Stir in the pumpkin puree and walnuts. Pour the milk mixture over the top of the bagels and use a spatula to press them down so the milk is soaked in. Give a big generous dash of cinnamom over the top. Cover and refrigerate over night. Stir the bagels up very well and add in 1/4 cup more of milk and bake for about 30 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup.
*Notes: Ugh! I cannot find where I wrote down the recipe, but I think I have it by memory. I will make it again soon to be sure! Anyway, I do remember I thought to myself that I would add in the extra 1/4 cup of milk right away and then add another 1/4 cup of milk the next day before baking. I also thought another TBS of pumpkin would be good too!
I don’t think you really need one. This one got the two thumbs up and requests for seconds– even by my picky little two year old!
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