Pumpkin French Toast With Apple Cider Syrup and Spiced Pecans

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“After watching Carla Hall make this on the TV show The Chew on ABC, I knew my family would love it! After several attempts to share the recipe from their web-site unsuccessfully, I am posting it here for safe keeping. Make the pecans ahead (note, they are addictive) and the syrup the day before. Don't be scared of the ingredients, it is a super easy recipe to make and the tastes are so worth every bit of effort! Cook time does not include the cooking time of the pecans or syrup.”
1hr 36mins

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  1. Prepare Syrup: Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in saucepan. Pour in apple and lemon juices. Cook and stir constantly until thickened. Allow to come to a boil, and boil for 1 minute continue to stir constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Serve warm. *This can be made ahead and warmed in the microwave or stove top prior to serving.
  2. Prepare Pecans: Preheat oven to 250f. Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Combine salt and spices. Set aside. In a stainless bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Slowly whisk in the spices. Toss egg mixture with pecans. Spread the pecans on prepared baking a single layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, gently stirring every 15 minutes or until the meringue is golden. Allow nuts to cool and dry out. Store in air-tight container.
  3. Prepare Toast: Combine all ingredients (except the bread) and mix well.
  4. Option 1) The night before or 6 hours prior, dip the bread slices in the milk mixture and place bread in a glass baking dish (single layer). Store in refrigerator until ready to cook.
  5. Option 2) Dip bread and allow to soak 2 minutes then fry in skillet.
  6. Frying the toast: Heat 2 TBS butter with 2 TBS oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place bread slices in the pan and cook until golden on 1 side, approximately 2-3 minutes. Turn and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until golden. Wipe the pan out with paper towel and repeat as necessary.
  7. *Note: I omitted the oil/butter mix and sprayed the skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
  8. When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar (if desired), warm syrup and pecans.

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