French Toast Strata

Cuisinart original

Prepare this dish the night before, so it is ready to go first thing in the morning. A perfect brunch dish!

Yields

Makes 8 servings


Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
4     large eggs
2     cups whole milk
1     cup heavy cream
1     tablespoon pure vanilla extract
¹/³  cup pure maple syrup
2    teaspoons ground cinnamon
1    teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼   teaspoon salt
1    pound challah bread, cut into
      9 x ½-inch strips
2   tablespoons packed light brown
     sugar, divided
2   tablespoons unsalted butter,
     cut into ½-inch cubes


Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 420
(47% from fat) • carb. 44g • pro. 11g • fat 11g sat. fat 12g • chol. 190mg • sod. 430mg calc. 177mg • fiber 2g

Instructions

1. Lightly coat the baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
2. Stir together the eggs, milk, heavy
cream, vanilla extract, maple syrup,
cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium
mixing bowl. Whisk until foamy.
3. Tightly fit half of the challah strips into
the bottom of the baking pan. Pour half
of the egg mixture on top and evenly
dot with half of the brown sugar. Repeat
with the remaining bread, layering in the
opposite direction of the first layer of
bread. Pour the remaining egg mixture
on top, dot with the remaining brown
sugar.
4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for
at least 2 hours, or overnight.
5. Remove the baking pan from the
refrigerator and bring to room
temperature. Place on the Cuisinart®
Stack5® base and dot the top of the
strata with the butter; cover.
6. Set the temperature to 200°F. Bake for
about 2 hours. The strata is finished
when the internal temperature reaches
160°F.
7. Remove and serve immediately.

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