12slicesTexas toast or other thickly sliced bread, whole wheat if possible*
Buttercanola oil, or nonstick spray, for cooking the French toast
For serving: Pure maple syrupbutter, powered sugar (I also love apple butter and/or peanut butter on mine...in combination with maple syrup)
To keep the French toast warm between batches, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Set a large, rimmed baking sheet inside the oven.
In a large, wide baking dish, gently whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Once smooth and combined, whisk in the Greek yogurt and milk, being careful not to slosh the mixture up and over the sides of the pan. The custard will be very thick.
Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium. To keep the French toast from sticking, melt butter in the pan, swirling to coat, lightly brush the pan with canola oil, or coat with nonstick spray.
Place 4 slices of the bread in the pumpkin mixture and turn them over and over a few times so that both sides are well coated and the bread absorbs some the custard. Once the pan is hot, gently transfer the 4 slices of the bread to the pan and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is golden, about 2 additional minutes. Adjust the skillet's heat as needed so that the French toast browns nicely but does not burn. Remove to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
Repeat with the remaining bread slices, wiping the skillet clean and recoating it as needed to prevent sticking. Enjoy warm with desired toppings.
*If your bread is very soft, I recommend letting the pieces sit out for several hours or even overnight to stale slightly. This will help it better absorb the delicious pumpkin custard.
If you can't find Texas toast, look for a loaf of unsliced sandwich bread in the bakery section of your grocery store and slice it yourself (or see if the bakery can do it for you). You can also substitute regular sandwich bread, brioche, challah, or any other bread you enjoy.
French toast is best enjoyed the day it is made, but it can be stored wrapped in foil or in a ziptop bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Reheat gently in the toaster oven or microwave.