Casual Friday: Pumpkin French Toast with Sautéed Apples
Hot damn. Why choose between fall’s trendiest flavors, when you could have both pumpkin and apple in the same bite? I say carpe the fucking diem and go all the way in, people. Thickly sliced brioche bathed in spiced pumpkin custard, cooked to golden brown perfection (or slightly past that—I clearly dig a deeper shade of brown), and topped with warm, maple-sweetened apples is the stuff brunch fantasies are made of. It’s also idiot-proof and won’t take you more than 25 minutes tops, even with a weekend cocktail lag, so get on it ASAP.
Before we move on, I had a thought about this French toast. If you’ve got a larger crowd to feed, you could try doubling the recipe to make a fancy French toast bake, and assemble it in advance. Dip the sliced brioche in the custard to coat, overlap the slices in a baking dish, pour the remaining custard on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight covered with foil. In the morning, bake the casserole at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, covered, then remove the foil and bake for 20-25 minutes more until the top is golden brown. Smother the whole shebang with the sautéed apples, and go to town. Just an idea (which I have yet to test), but I really think it would slay at a Thanksgiving/Holiday brunch. Maybe get weird and crumble some bacon on top.
And now, internet nonsense!
For those doing some serious Halloween-ing this weekend, I have a whole Pinterest board full of festive inspiration!
I like Ina a lot, but I LOVE drunk Ina.
I feel like my productivity has been particularly low this week due to Justin Beiber and Adele. (If you live under a rock and have yet to watch their latest videos, I’m jealous. The first 10 views are the best…)
There’s this writer for NY Mag’s The Cut named Rebecca Harrington. I’ve been creepily obsessed impressed with her work since this article on Gwyneth (which caused a pretty serious fight with my mother), and I’m glad I remembered to Google her this week because her essay on productivity really resonated with me. Sadly, I too spend most of my time thinking about Justin Beiber when I should be writing. (See above. #Sorry)
A few things on my current cooking bucket list:
Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie. So smart!
Hot Honeycomb Candy. I’ve always had a soft spot for Crunchie bars and I love me some spice, so this is basically my ideal dessert.
Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi. I haven’t made gnocchi since cooking school, but I know I have it in me. I know it. (Fingers crossed emoji.)
This epic twitter story blew my mind.
Despite my fear of small children, I’m a sucker for any commercial featuring them doing “grown-up” things. This Barbie ad is my current favorite. (The veterinarian kills me.)
Ladies and gentlemen, a true Halloween hero.
I know I’m always late to the party, but I’m newly enamored with podcasts. (I managed to make it through all of Serial in a single day of recipe testing last week.) I’ve dabbled in a few series, but if anyone has suggestions for me, I’m all ears.
Sending good vibes for your Halloween celebrations, friends! Eat candy, be safe, and pray for my roommate who is wearing this to the Grateful Dead show tomorrow night…
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