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Pear and Gruyère Strata

Photo: Nina Choi
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 25 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 1 strata piece and 1 tablespoon syrup)
Think of this as stuffed French toast in a casserole. Here, sweet cinnamon bread meets juicy pears and the savory bite of Gruyère cheese. You want a pear variety that will hold its shape and won't exude too much moisture as the strata bakes--we liked Anjou and Concorde.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sliced peeled Anjou or Concorde pear
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 12 (1-ounce) slices cinnamon swirl bread (such as Pepperidge Farm), cut in half diagonally
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 355
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 4.3 g
  • monofat 3.7 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 13.1 g
  • carbohydrate 55.1 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 295 mg
  • calcium 216 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine pear, butter, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a large bowl; toss gently.

  2. Arrange half of bread in an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon pear mixture evenly over bread; top evenly with cheese. Arrange remaining bread over cheese.

  3. Combine the remaining 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, milk, egg substitute, and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over bread, pressing down to submerge. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°.

  5. Uncover dish. Sprinkle turbinado sugar evenly over bread. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into 8 equal pieces; drizzle with syrup.

Cook's Notes

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