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Caramel Apple Strata Recipe

Caramel Apple Strata Recipe

This makes a great autumn breakfast or brunch entree that puts an unexpected twist on a classic strata. —Kelly Boe, Whiteland, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3 large apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) day-old cinnamon bread
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, sugar and pie spice. Arrange half of the bread slices in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with apples; drizzle with half of the caramel sauce. Sprinkle with pecans; top with remaining bread.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and vanilla. Pour over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining caramel sauce.
  • 4. Remove strata from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
  • 5. In a microwave, heat the reserved sauce. Drizzle warm sauce over strata. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 462 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 198mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein

Reviews for Caramel Apple Strata

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"This is SO good, you just want to want to keep eating, BUT it's SO rich that that would not be a good idea!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Loved this! Note to self, keep the extra caramel sauce in the sauce pan when I refrigerate it. I do not have a microwave, and I put the sauce in a Tupperware. It was hard as a rock and I couldn't get it out of the container to warm it up! Lol! Didn't think about that! The extra drizzle wasn't missed though.....this is yummy!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"If they had been available, I would have given it more stars. It was a big hit with my family and co-workers."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"How can you go wrong with cinnamon, apple, nuts and caramel? This was very good. I like that it can be made the night before, making it a perfect autumn dessert when company is coming for dinner."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"I put it all in the crockpot on low for 2 1/2 hours and served it like a bread pudding. I left out the nuts due to a family member with allergies."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Very good flavor but a little too sweet. Next time I will cut the sugar and trim the bread crust."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"I made this for breakfast today. It was delicious. I used one cup of maple syrup and one cup of brown sugar. I didn't peel the apples, used galas. Everyone loved it. A keeper recipe. Janet"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"I prepped this for the Taste of Home Cooking School at Turning Stone Casino yesterday. It smelled amazing! It was fairly simple to make. The most "work" is peeling and chopping the apples. You can never go wrong with apples and caramel :)"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"We all loved this. It was a featured recipe in the TOH Cooking School I attended last week, and I knew I had to make it right away with the Asian pears we had picked last weekend and my husband's homemade cinnamon bread. I bet it is fantastic with apples also, but with pears it is to die for. Love it!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Very good."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"The smell in the kitchen was divine and all they could say when I sat it on the table was WOW! We're all pretty big eaters, but no one could get outside of 1/2 a piece. Good thing is - it's great warmed up too! Enjoy."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"Delicious! Everybody loved it. I will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Very tasty ! I made a few changes for what we already had on hand. Used brown sugar and cinnamon bread and pumpkin pie spice. Lovely Sunday morning breakfast/brunch item. Will make again !"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"YES~ "delish" !!!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"very rich...what a guests loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"We had this for our special Christmas Eve breakfast. It was delicious! It is very sweet, almost like a dessert but very tasty."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Awesome! Mouth watering!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"I've made this twice now for a large group. Both times people asked me for the recipe. It was easy to make and turned out great."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"I liked the texture but found the allspice flavor from the apple pie spice gave it an off flavor. Next time I will use cinnamon only."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"This recipe was wonderful - everyone was scraping their plates to get the last of the yummy sauce! My only change would be to cube the bread vs. using full slices to absorb the egg mixture (my top was crispy)."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"Very good. I ate this dish cold and did not heat it up. Even my picky 14 yr old son liked it."

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