Did you know that strata is Italian for layers? So you’ll be happy to know that this strata is packed with delicious layers, so be ready to sink your teeth into cream cheese, cranberries, cinnamon and French bread.
- 8 cups French bread
- 18 ounce package of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 6 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg
In a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange half of the bread pieces, about 4 cups. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over the bread chunks. Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks.
Top with remaining bread pieces. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup. Pour over bread in dish. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Lightly press down with back of spoon or spatula to saturate bread with egg mixture.
Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover then bake for 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm and topped with maple syrup, if desired.
Courtesy of Family Features