Monday, July 23, 2012

food (food) | apple cinnamon strata

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My parents are in town and I decided to host a brunch so we could get together with a cousin I hadn't seen in awhile.  As you can see with how much food I cover in my blog, you know I sure do love to cook so I took this opportunity to experiment by creating a sweet breakfast strata.  I'm not going to lie - I gave myself a pretty big hi-five in my mind for how well this apple cinnamon strata turned out.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 4 peeled and thinly sliced golden delicious apples
  • 2 large loaf or 20 rolls of 2 day old King's Hawaiian Sweet bread (you can also use a loaf of challah, cinnamon raisin or any sort of day old bread - enough to fit a 9 x 13 baking dish)
  • 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 8 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Maple syrup

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Directions:
  • Spray cooking spray into a deep 9x13 baking dish
  • Break pieces of bread into large chunks and layer in dish
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix apples with 1 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla. Mix until apples are evenly coated.
  • Pour mixture on top of bread and use hands to mix bread/apple mix evenly.
  • In the same mixing bowl whisk egg and milk together.  Pour egg mixture over the bread and apples.
  • Press down on the bread mixture to make sure that each piece absorbs some liquid.  
  • Cover and place in fridge overnight.
  • The next day pre-heat over at 350 degrees.
  • While oven is pre-heating, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar over the dish.
  • Bake for 1 hour and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with maple syrup.(This is optional.  My folks said it didn't need it, but I think it needed a little more sugar so have it handy)
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I usually don't try to test out recipes on guests - after all I want to prove that I have some skills in the kitchen - but this dish went over really well.  If you're looking for a great brunch dish that serves a lot of people, definitely try this out.  You can also add raisins and almonds which would give the dish great texture.  Enjoy!

9 comments:

Kristen said...

This looks AMAZING. Apples should soon be appearing in the farmer's markets, and they are ideal for cooking. I will try this out then!

The doll on fashion said...

Anything with apples and cinnamon is right up my street, it sounds delicious!

Doll on fashion

rlutz said...

oh my...that looks absolutely delicious!!

Piper Alexander said...

Looks sooo good! And sort-of easy.

'Stina D. said...

I want some... or ALL... of it now!!! This sounds so yummy & I think I might make it this weekend! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

WMBG said...

great post!


WMBG

Token Yankee said...

This looks amazing, hope you are feeling well!

Christen said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious. Also, I can't believe you are already hosting brunch when you just gave birth!

Christen said...

I just realized this post was from a week ago. I still can't believe that you were hosting brunch when you wer verrrrry pregnant! Good luck with everything!