With our savvy make-ahead tips, you'll be prepared to entertain stress-free. (Serves 8)
Mushroom, Bacon, and Swiss Strata
Macerated Winter Fruit
Apple-Cinnamon Coffeecake
Coffee and juice
Credit: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Make-Ahead Strategy

Up to three months ahead:
• Bake and freeze coffeecake.

The day before:
• Assemble and refrigerate strata.
• Prepare and refrigerate fruit.

About an hour ahead:
• Bake strata.

Last minute:
• Set out juices and coffee.
• Warm coffeecake.