Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated French Toast


Add a little flavor and crunch to your french toast, by dredging the bread in crushed cereal and cooking it in bacon grease for one delicious plate of Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated Pumpkin French Toast!

Bacon Friend Crunchy Coated Pumpkin French Toast recipe at

I know, I know I’m sure you are being bombarded with pumpkin recipes all over the place.  It’s just a fact of life, when that magical season appears, so do all the pumpkin recipes. 

I don’t know about you, but Fall never seems to last long enough for me.  One of two things usually happen, in the Midwest any way……crisp fall temperatures arrive and last all of two weeks and then BAM it’s winter.  Or we have an Indian summer that hangs on forever and there’s almost no fall at all.  Either way, I can’t seem to get enough of Fall, and eating pumpkin anything just makes it feel like it lasts longer!

Last weekend I had an early flight home from Minneapolis.  I was home by 10:30 am, had not had breakfast so I thought I’d surprise my family by waking them up to the sweet aroma of a little bit of pumpkin heaven for breakfast.  Brew a pot of coffee and grab a plate….you are going to want to make this Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated Pumpkin French Toast soon!! 

pumpkin french toast ingredients

Gather up your usual french toast ingredients, eggs, milk, bread and for this recipe you will also need some pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, Frosted Flakes cereal and bacon grease (I keep my bacon grease in a jar in the refrigerator, it’s fantastic for things like hash browns, eggs and french toast!- but if you don’t have any, then you will want to fry a few pieces of bacon and leave the grease in the skillet)

I like to cook my french toast in my cast iron skillet, but an electric skillet or griddle will work just as well.

How to make Crunchy Coated Pumpkin French Toast recipe at

Start by putting 4 cups of frosted flakes into a large plastic baggie.  Zip it closed and crush it up, using a glass or rolling pin.  Then pour cereal in a shallow bowl.

In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs, milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and place both bowls along side each other near your skillet.

Drop a few tablespoons of bacon grease in your skillet and heat the pan over medium heat.  Once the pan is hot and grease has melted, dunk your bread in the pumpkin egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.

Then immediately press the bread into the cereal crumbs, again coating both sides.

Place the cereal coated french toast into hot greased skillet and cook on medium for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. You might need to add more bacon grease in between each batch.  Serve warm and enjoy! 

Next time I make this french toast, I’m going to make some cinnamon honey butter to serve with it!!  I didn’t think of that until we were ready to eat this time!

Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated Pumpkin French Toast recipe at

Now grab your fork and dig in!

Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated French Toast

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: 2 slices

Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated French Toast


  • 6 slices of thick bread
  • 4 cups Frosted Flakes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons bacon grease


  1. Place Frosted Flakes in a plastic zip bag and crush with rolling pin or glass. Pour crumbs into a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. Using another shallow bowl; whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin, sugar, pie spice and vanilla.
  3. Preheat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat with 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  4. Dip both sides of bread into pumpkin egg mixture, let excess batter drip off, then place in the dish with crushed Frosted Flakes. Gently press the bread into the crushed cereal, if needed.
  5. Place the cereal crusted french toast into the preheated pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, until the frosted flakes are golden brown and the batter cooked. Repeat with the remaining bread. Additional 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease my be needed.
  6. Serve warm with butter and syrup!

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34 Responses to “Bacon Fried Crunchy Coated French Toast”

  1. Amanda posted on October 21, 2013 at 11:41 am (#)

    I am officially at my happy place. And in my happy place there are lots and lots of this. WOW. So stinkin excited about these!!!

  2. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm (#)

    I like the crunchy, salty, sweet for breakfast! Great idea!

  3. Amanda posted on October 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm (#)

    I love it, and serving it with cinnamon honey butter would be to die for! :)

  4. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm (#)

    Those would be so, so good for a weekend breakfast here!

  5. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm (#)

    Gasp. Swoon. Faint. :-)

  6. Marie posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    You had me at bacon fried….

  7. Barbara C posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm (#)

    I think this is brunch for Wednesday. Gotta buy pumpkin My husband is going in to work this week at noon so we’re eating lunch around 10:00. With some bacon or sausage on the side this might be perfect. I’m with Marie. you had me at bacon fried!

  8. Cristina posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm (#)

    Such beautiful pictures!!

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm (#)

    I’m sure your family was very happy to wake up to the scent of this french toast!

  10. nest of posies posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm (#)

    you’ve covered everything that’s wonderful in this…crunchy, salt & sweet AND CARBS! yum.

  11. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm (#)

    Wow! Love these for a special family breakfast!

  12. Tieghan posted on October 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm (#)

    Wow!! This is incredible! I would love to wake up to some of this for breakfast! Oh and the cinnamon honey butter sounds amazing with this!

  13. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm (#)

    The best french toast I ever had was from a hotel room service and it was coated in cornflakes. I think you just kicked that idea up a few thousand notches!!!

    PS…I’ll never get tired of pumpkin recipes, no worries.

  14. Kelly posted on October 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm (#)

    Wowzer! That looks delicious… you can’t pass up on anything pumpkin, right? xo

  15. Carolyn posted on October 22, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    Cookin’ with bacon grease is SO my style, Cheryl! :)

  16. alison @ ingredients, Inc posted on October 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm (#)

    OMG looks SO good

  17. Alison posted on October 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm (#)

    Did u use 1/2 can of pumpkin,or 1/2 cup pumpkin purée ?

  18. Coco in the Kitchen posted on October 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    This French Toast is over the top!

  19. Amy @ Positively Splendid posted on October 23, 2013 at 5:58 am (#)

    In a word: YUM! Another knock-out recipe that I can’t wait to try!

  20. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm (#)

    Pure genius. I love that you added both bacon grease AND frosted flakes! Sounds so wonderful!

  21. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on October 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    You made my jaw drop! I was reading and it just kept getting better and better with each ingredient! I believe that this will be on the menu Saturday :)

  22. Nicole posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Yum. I want to start my day with this!

  23. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm (#)

    This looks out of this world!

  24. Samantha @ Five Heart Home posted on October 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, Cheryl…two of my favorite things — pumpkin & bacon — TOGETHER?!?! This sounds like the perfect breakfast. Pinned, and I can’t wait to try!

  25. Amanda posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm (#)

    Yum! I’m a huge fan of French toast, but have never tried it with cereal before! Will definitely have to add this to my ‘must try’ list!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!


  26. Kelly @ thelilypadcottage posted on October 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm (#)

    Yum!! This looks amazing, gonna try it this weekend :) You always have the best recipes!


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