baked pumpkin pecan french toast {brunch}

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When I wake up in the morning, the last thing I want to do is eat.  My husband is fascinated by this.  He heads right to the kitchen and starts cooking eggs.  bleh.  I’m lucky if I can get through an entire smoothie.  After I’ve been awake for a couple hours, I start thinking about eating solid food, usually around brunch time.  My favorite brunch item?  FRENCH TOAST.  I love it in a pan, in the oven, in the slowcooker, and with all types of flavors.  Since it is fall and everything has turned pumpkin, I’m sharing a favorite pumpkin french toast recipe today!

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I don’t always use bananas in this dish but I had a bunch that were approaching throw away time, so in they went!  They add such a fantastic sweetness that I found myself reducing the sugar added, which is a BONUS!

To me, a french toast casserole ALWAYS has to have a nut.  I need nuts.  So I went with pecans, a tasty nut that I find myself using a lot in the fall/winter.

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Clearly, it is not brunch without a mimosa, okay maybe some days are more a bloody mary type of day, but the mimosa is the brunch beverage king… er, queen.  So bring on the champagne!

Brunch with friends is like, my favorite thing.  I also need more people around to validate my decision to have a cocktail so early in the day. ha! Thank you friends for enabling my daytime drinking!


You might remember a post I did about a month ago for Cascade.  I had guests over and wowed them with my brownies and the cleaning power of Cascade.  We’re talking baked on brownies and very hard water.  Each of my 12 guests received a parting gift and this time I passed out the same:


This go around, the Cascade Platinum show was all about spot-free, sparkling champagne flutes and casserole dish, which was looking pretty rough after the baked french toast.  Once again, Cascade came to the rescue and totally showed up to save the day.  See my brownie dish before and after photos:


I shared tips last time about how to pack the perfect dishwasher for maximum results.  The biggest thing I learned during this campaign with Cascade is that with Cascade Platinum Pacs and Rinse Aid, you should skip the pre-wash.  It is so ingrained in us that one MUST pre-wash or pre-rinse, in fact 46% of us believe it…according to a recent survey.  I think it’s probably a higher percentage than that! The reality is, Cascade Platinum’s advanced triple-action formula has powerful enzymes that break down even 24-hour stuck-on food for Cascade’s best clean and shine.  Just simply shake large bits of food into the trash or sink, then load in the dishwasher.

Here’s another stat I found hilarious and true — Almost half (42%) of respondents have actually gone so far as to re-load the dishwasher after their family goes to bed because they did not think their family member(s) did it right the first time.  Secret: I almost always re-load the dishwasher after my husband!

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Baked Pumpkin Pecan French Toast


  • 1 (12 count) package King’s Hawaiian Rolls, cubed — or another sweet bread you prefer
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 small-medium overripe mashed banana
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 tsp ground true cinnamon

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp ground true cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 4 Tbl cold butter, cubed small
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped, plus a handful of whole


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, pumpkin, banana, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to combine and add the cubed bread.  Cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator overnight for maximum soakage.
  2. In the morning, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray nonstick spray in a 13×10 or similar size baking dish and set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer bowl with paddle attachment, cream your cream cheese and cinnamon until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Create your streusel topping.  Add dry ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Add in cold butter cubes and use your hands to combine until the butter and dry ingredients form a crumb.
  5. Let’s build!  Spoon 2/3 of the bread mixture into your baking dish.  Top with all of the cream cheese.  Layer on the rest of the bread mixture and top with the streusel.  Add more full size pecans around the top.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on your oven, checking after 35 minutes until you have  a crispy browned top but no burned pecans.
  7. Serve alongside fresh mimosas!


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  1. October 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    That casserole sounds delish! We only use Cascade at home so I was glad to hear you liked it. Now, can you send me some mimosas ;)

  2. dedezoomsalot900300623
    October 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    We like Cascade, too. We just got a new dishwasher and thank goodness, I finally have clean dishes again without having to wash them by hand. #Sospoiled

  3. October 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    Oh my, this looks delicious! Definitely worth the dirty dishes!

  4. October 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm — Reply

    This looks so yummy! I love that Cascade can just clean it up!

  5. Anonymous
    October 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm — Reply

    WOW!! That sounds delicious!! I’m going to try to make this this weekend!!

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