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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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pastiepie User ID: 1062574 251775
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"Loved it!"

songinheart User ID: 4466607 228853
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!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 227504
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!!!!"

bjthedj User ID: 2720624 174019
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."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 109383
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."

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 129669
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."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 211799
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

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

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 122401
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"

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 190478
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 :)"

collectorkerri User ID: 212062 188307
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!"

jelawton User ID: 2041529 147198
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"Very good."

CrosslakeDB User ID: 5793936 120057
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."

sapphiredragonn User ID: 6979662 106395
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

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

sexywinesnob User ID: 5122723 178791
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 !"

mjcmcook User ID: 2775072 120049
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"YES~ "delish" !!!"

lawhipp User ID: 4583903 122400
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

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

sch25 User ID: 5857743 122399
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."

Fulch User ID: 5670925 191702
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Awesome! Mouth watering!"

cas378 User ID: 4880004 120031
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."

thequeenoftarts User ID: 2365929 147197
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."

lwierer User ID: 1495849 147195
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)."

lyndasue45 User ID: 385363 122398
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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