Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Heather Chontos Photo by: Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Heather Chontos

Apple-Stuffed Strata

Last-minute prep for this make-ahead breakfast casserole couldn't be simpler: Just add a dusting of sugar and nuts.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Hands-on:24 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 12 Minutes


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 4 cups sliced peeled Golden Delicious apple
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon-swirl bread, cut in half diagonally
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado or granulated sugar


1. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until apple is tender and lightly browned. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes.

2. Coat an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange half of bread in dish. Top with apple mixture; top with 1/2 cup pecans. Arrange remaining bread over pecans.

3. Combine the remaining 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, milk, cinnamon, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over bread, pressing down to submerge. Cover and chill overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 350°.

5. Uncover dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pecans and turbinado sugar evenly over bread. Bake at 350° for 48 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 337
  • Fat: 15.8g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 11.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.1g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 137mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 246mg
  • Calcium: 82mg

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