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Cinnamon Raisin Strata Recipe

Cinnamon Raisin Strata Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Needsmusic User ID: 5941084 242515
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!"

talcaucasian User ID: 7769416 160890
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"

mams987 User ID: 1571769 65409
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."

sample71549 User ID: 1015916 159744
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

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

jeepyj User ID: 5178141 208207
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."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 159656
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Alright this was excellent! But I made quite a few changes. I greased the pan, I only used 2 Tablespoons butter and 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon. Then I used regular bread and then just sprinkled raisins in between the slices of bread. The last change I made was I only used 2 Tablespoons brown sugar.

It is takes just like french toast, but much easier, because it is baked! I was very happy with the results!!"

Oceanwave User ID: 714454 93202
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"My family & friends love this recipe!"

richtercory User ID: 3843046 144616
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"It smells delicious when baking. Next time I am going to single layer the ingredients and cut back on the cinnamon as the kids did not like the bottom layer. It was too soggy. They all liked the top crunchier layer. Maybe the bread we used was too thick and they puffed up. It was really pretty when it came out of the oven."

nramsey User ID: 3436141 160088
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"I made this x-mas morning for my family. My kids did not like it. I would recommend using one less egg and one half cup less milk. The bottom layer was soggy and it tasted "eggy". Definitely a disappointment becuase it sounded and looked fantastic."

JeanneMR User ID: 1136111 160084
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"I'll try this again, but will cut way back on the cinnamon next time I make it."

Oceanwave User ID: 714454 65408
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"RE: Cinnamom Raisin Strata

I have made this several times & every one loves it.
I love being able to assemble it the night before and pop it in the oven when we get up. I usually serve sausage links with it.
Jeanne, West Hills"

mreinert User ID: 1797396 113317
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009


mom2mmke User ID: 3173566 160081
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"Ii make this, but put cream cheese in between the layers of bread."

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