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
- 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)
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!