So, I tried some new recipes for my Annual December Cookie Exchange Brunch and I wanted to share one that we all really enjoyed - RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE STRATA
The great part - it's a make it the day before, so the day of, all you have to do it bake it and put some homemade raspberry syrup over it the day of. This is a definitely DO OVER in our house!
Photo from Taste of Home.com
Raspberry Cream Cheese Strata
There were a few adjustments I made to the recipe, which I have highlighted
1 Loaf French Bread - cut into 1" cubes
2 8-ounce blocks of low fat cream cheese
3 cups raspberries
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 1/2 cups milk
Raspberry Syrup (A MUST MAKE)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstartch
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/4 cups raspberries
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons butter
Place half of the bread cubes in a shallow 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cream cheese and raspberries. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, syrup, milk and remaining bread cubes; spoon over raspberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes Covered. Uncover; bake 20-30 minutes longer or until set (depending on the amount you're making additional bake time maybe necessary).
For the syrup, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until syrup reaches desired consistency. Add berries; mash slightly. Remove from the heat; stir in butter. Pour over strata. Serve immediately. Makes about 10 servings.
I use the Taste of Home website on a regular basis for wonderful recipes - we get several of their magazines - so, you could say we're kind of addicted to the yummy recipes they have!
I hope your family enjoys this as much as our family and friends did!
Hugs & Happy Days!