Pumpkin French Toast Roll-ups say, “Have you noticed? The evenings are getting cooler, leaves are just beginning to change and autumn is coming!”
Yes!! Pumpkin season – and my favorite time of the year – is nigh. I was born in the best month of all months, October, and love all things “fall.” It makes me happy.
I adore it all: the smells, colors, cool evenings, jackets, jeans, anything pumpkin, Indian corn, falling leaves, mums, hayrides, bonfires, apples, comfort foods and fragrant spices. You get the idea.
Apple Brown Sugar Coffee Cake satisfied my cinnamon craving until my husband and I ate every crumb, so I knew I needed to get my “fix” a different way. A batch of Pumpkin French Toast Roll-ups was the perfect solution.
This is an easy treat and, as an added bonus, just a few ingredients are required: square, white sandwich bread, Pumpkin Pie Mix, cream cheese, cinnamon-sugar, butter/oil, eggs, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. That’s it and this is how it is made –
See, wasn’t that fun? Like I said, the fall season makes me happy.
Last year, my pumpkins also made some particularly over-indulgent, hedonistic, cohabiters in my backyard absolutely giddy.
I worked hours decorating my backyard with beautiful pumpkins, mums, gourds, autumn leaves and acorns. When finished, it was a feast for the eyes – and only the eyes – or so I thought. Unbeknownst to me, and in reality, I had laid out a veritable smorgasbord for some rodents. Yes, rodents – I now refuse to get cozy with them by calling them squirrels!!
The morning after decorating my yard for the fall, I noticed a small pumpkin from one of the hanging baskets was missing. The next day and the day after, other pumpkins disappeared. Evidence of the mischief is in the before and after photos above.
After three pumpkins were stolen, I searched the backyard for my missing gourds. A-ha! Proof, and my suspicions confirmed, in the form of pumpkin crumbles found scattered in the fork of a tree and around the base of its trunk. Mystery solved – problem NOT!
I pride myself on living in harmony with most of God’s creatures. Except for the bat that landed on my husband’s face in the middle of the night (God rest his soul – the bat’s not my husband’s), I have always invited other species to live nearby or with me. I am usually a most-welcoming sort, but these thieves truly took advantage.
I have to say one thing about these fatty fellows – they weren’t selfish. Oh no! They must have invited their entire extended family because every last (edible) decoration disappeared. After each smallish gourd had been devoured, they started eating the larger pumpkins in the window boxes. I realized I had lost not only the battle, but the entire war and wasn’t about to replenish their supplies. I waved the white flag and threw the pumpkins one-by-one into the yard for all to enjoy.
Just yesterday I found an early fallen leaf with these words scratched on it stuffed under my kitchen door, “Could you sprinkle a little cinnamon on the pumpkins this year?” I guess the culprits figured out I’m a food blogger.
Now grab some bread and make yourself a treat – just be sure to eat them before the squirrels find out.
Pumpkin French Toast Roll-ups
- 1 loaf square white bread. Sara Lee White Bread has the perfect texture
- 1 small can Libby's Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix – *see notes
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice optional
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese
- 2 eggs -
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup Cinnamon Sugar
- Oil & butter for frying - *see notes
- Powdered or confectioners sugar for dusting the roll-ups
- Cut the crust off of each bread slice.
- Roll each slice of bread flat.
- /4 in from one end of the bread, spread a thin layer of cream cheese 1-inch wide across the width of the bread.
- Spread 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie mix over the cream cheese.
- Starting at the end with the pumpkin & cream cheese, roll the bread tightly into a cigar shape. Set aside until the butter/oil is hot and the egg mixture is ready.
- In a shallow bowl, combine eggs, milk and vanilla - whisk until well combined.
- Place the oil or butter (or both) in the skillet and bring to a medium-high heat, but not hot enough for the butter to burn.
- Dip each roll-up into the milk/egg mixture, then place seam-down in the hot skillet. Cook 5-6 roll-ups at one time.
- Let the roll-ups cook on one side then turn as needed until all sides are cooked.
- Remove from the skillet and immediately roll in cinnamon-sugar.
*There are several ways to cook roll-ups. I used a mixture of oil and melted butter and enough to come about 1/4 way up the roll-ups so the result was more like cooking do-nuts. The second way is to fry them in butter - more similar to cooking French Toast - add more butter as needed. The third way is to bake them, but I did not like the result as well (of course).
*If Libby's Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix (the kind with the pie spices already mixed in) can't be found, use Libby's 100% Pumpkin and add spices as if for making pumpkin pie - check the recipe on the back of the can.
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Cindy @ Hun What's for Dinner?OMGosh these are fantastic! What a great idea. I just want to grab a few and start munching!!!
Susie GallThanks for stopping by Simply Sated, Cindy and thanks for your sweet comments.
OliviaHi, I found this on FoodGawker and was hoping I could get your permission to post the recipe on my instagram recipe page (@foodie_recipes) as it looks delicious! I will tag you in the photo and put your website address on the post! Hope this is okay, thanks :) x
Susie GallHello Olivia, thank you for asking about sharing on instagram. I think that is great and I welcome any promotion as long it links directly back to Simply Sated. Thanks for coming by and have a great day. Please come back soon.
Thalia @ butter and briocheThese roll ups are a seriously delicious breakfast idea.. I am totally loving the look of them too, pinned!
Susie GallThanks Thalia and thanks for coming by to comment!
Joanne T FergusonG'day! YUM!! YUM!!! YUM!! This takes French Toast to another level for breakfast! Cheers! Joanne
Susie GallThanks Joanne and G'day to you, too! I hope your day is as beautiful as mine is here in Missouri today. Thanks for coming by!
Mad Dog DugginsThese look delicious. I am going to ask my wife to fix this for my birthday which is today!
Susie GallGo for it Mad Dog! Happy, Happy Birthday, Mack! This bday is a big one - right? I'm still a spring chicken compared to Jeff and you!
CakePantsThese look like the perfect way to lure me out of bed in the morning once the cool weather sets in! They look SO delicious...and I can only imagine how good they smell!
Tiffany NTheses sound amazing! do I need to serve these warm? Early morning office meeting coming up and I am trying to serve something seasonal and unique but it is difficult when you don't have a kitchen....any ideas?
Susie GallHey Tiffany, These roll-ups are much better served warm, but I do have two other suggestions for you and both are delicious and are on my blog. My Apple Brown Sugar Coffee Cake and the Caramel Macadamia Pound Cake are two recipes that I love and are perfect for taking to work. I can highly recommend either one (or both:-). Thanks for your sweet comment and for stopping by Simply Sated. Please come again soon. Susie