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Cherry Strata

Caterer Carrie Sherrill of Forestville, Wisconsin relates, "This dressed-up French toast always gets rave reviews!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 cups day-old Italian bread cubes (1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • CHERRY SYRUP:
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) sour cherries, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • Place 8 cups bread cubes in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and extract until smooth. Stir in cherries and pecans; spoon over bread. Top with remaining bread cubes.
  • In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, cinnamon and remaining sugar; pour over bread. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • For syrup, combine cherries, sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Serve warm over strata.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 716 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 160mg cholesterol, 474mg sodium, 115g carbohydrate (77g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.
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  • MsBeast
    Apr 3, 2010

    This is a requested family favorite. I am asked to make this every year for our Easter brunch!