This Sunday is the day we celebrate Dad and if I could be with my Daddy on Father’s Day, he would be tickled to have a home cooked meal in his honor. Here’s an idea for your Dad this Sunday-a special breakfast or brunch on his day.
I’ve made this recipe about 5 or 6 times in the last couple of months. As a matter of fact, I made it for my father when they came up to visit recently. He went back for seconds. I think we all did.
This little strata couldn’t be easier. Make it up the night before and allow about 45 minutes for baking on the day of. I love it! It’s easy and most importantly, delicious. The golden raisins and almonds add a lovely layer of fruit and crunch and then the creamy clumps of cream cheese are heavenly. The French bread soaks up all of the egg, milk and syrup mixture and gives you some crunch so make sure you have a loaf that’s nice and crusty. Add some bacon or sausage (bacon works great on busy mornings because you can pop it in the oven & walk away), cut up some fresh fruit or buy it already cut up at the store and that’s it. Just make sure you don’t skimp on the syrup. Real maple is expensive, but it’s the best and isn’t Dad worth it? Pour up some in a little container, pop it in the microwave to warm and have it on the table.
So take a little time and show Dad how much you care. Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads–your daughters and sons love you!
- 4 cups day-old French bread, cut into small cubes
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisins
- 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1⁄4-inch cubes
- 3 eggs
- 11⁄2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
- 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Maple syrup for serving
- Spray an 7 x 11-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Put bread cubes in an even layer in dish. Drop in raisins, almonds, and cream cheese chunks evenly over bread. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs well and pour in milk, maple syrup, and vanilla and blend well. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Serve with additional syrup.
- Make sure to use the appropriate sized baking dish.