Cinnamon Raisin Strata Recipe
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Cinnamon Raisin Strata Recipe

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This delightful dish, made with day-old raisin bread, is full of cinnamon flavor. “I like to serve it for brunch with sliced bacon and a fruit compote,” writes Barbara Tritch of Hope, Idaho.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 slices day-old raisin bread
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional maple syrup

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 500 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 354mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 7g fiber), 19g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine butter and cinnamon; spread over one side of each slice of bread. Place four slices, buttered side up, in a greased 8-in.-square baking dish (trim to fit if necessary). Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Repeat with remaining bread and brown sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, syrup and vanilla; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with additional syrup. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cinnamon Raisin Strata in Taste of Home August/September 2006, p57

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Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"I really liked this but my kids weren't a fan. I did cut down on the amount of cinnamon. I used Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon bread. It was much puffier than the picture showed. Maybe I did something wrong? Overall, this is a good solid easy recipe for breakfast!"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"I serve this weekly on Friday at the BED & BREAKFAST where I work 36 weeks a year, and everyone ''RAVES'' over it and wants the Recipe Sous Chef Abby Normal"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I use cinnamon raisin swirl bread cut into cubes (crusts removed). I use half and half instead of milk and pure maple syrup - not the thin, imitation stuff. Delicious!!!!!! Before I retired and we had "pig out days" at work, I was always asked to bring this."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Very good. But instead of baking it I put it in a skillet and cook it like French toast."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"I have not made this strata but have made several others and found that you need to use either full fat milk or cream for them to turn out right. If you use 2% or skim they are soggy and don't set up right. I like the idea of putting a layer of cream cheese. This is not a breakfast for anyone counting calories for sure."

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