True Confession: I failed my first driving test.
And here’s what’s worse: When friends asked to see my new license, I totally lied. I LIED! You see, I had scheduled my test at least a month before, on my 16th birthday, and came back empty-handed. I mean completely. I left my license and my pride at the Thousand Oaks Department of Motor Vehicles. My instructor said something about how maybe I cut off a car on a major street and possibly sped in a school zone. Maybe.
And for those of you wondering if I went on to be a good driver…well, I can say with confidence that I’ve never been issued a ticket by a police officer. That’s right, not by any of the 9 police officers who have pulled me over in the 15 years I’ve been driving. There WAS the little issue of that tiny camera catching me racing through an intersection just after the light turned red. Oh you silly camera. What am I to do with you? I mean I can’t smile or crack a joke or play dumb with you 🙂
While we’re at this whole confession thing, I’ll mention that I’ve been loving me some pumpkin lately. I’m sure there are so many great and healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin but for the life of me this season I can’t help but add pumpkin to my pasta, toss some in a mousse tart (recipe coming!), or smother it on thick pieces of crusty bread.
There are three steps in this recipe – 3!
Step #1: Mix up pumpkin, eggs, milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
Step #3: Cook up the french toast and serve with butter, syrup and maybe some chopped spiced pecans if you’re in the mood.
Welcome, Fall. My last confession: I think I love you.
Spiced Pumpkin French Toast
(a FFF original – serves 4)
What You’ll Need:
1 loaf french or challah bread, sliced into 1 inch slices
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
yummy toppings like butter, maple syrup, caramelized pecans
In a deep baking dish, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until smooth.
Dip bread in the pumpkin mixture, flipping after a few minutes until well coated on either side.
Heat a griddle or nonstick pan with cooking spray or butter. Cook french toast until golden, about 2-3 minutes per side. If need be, keep in the oven at 300F while cooking up the rest of the french toast.
Serve with butter and maple syrup or caramelized nuts.
TOTAL: $4.95, or about $1.24 per serving.
299 calories per serving (not including toppings)
6 grams of fat
15 grams protein
3 grams fiber
Did you give it a try? Leave me a comment below or head over to Facebook and let me know what you think!