Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Serves 14 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Take care when adding the rum to the hot pan; it flames up immediately. You can also add the rum off the heat and then carefully light it with a long match.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare strata, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and butter to pan; swirl until foamy. Stir in bananas; sauté 1 minute. Carefully add half of rum; cook rum until flames subside. Add remaining rum, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook 3 minutes or until bananas are soft. Spoon the banana mixture into a large bowl, and press bananas with a pastry blender or fork until chunky. Combine half-and-half, granulated sugar, eggs, and evaporated milk in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add banana mixture and bread cubes, tossing well to coat. Place bread mixture in a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Step 3

To prepare streusel, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, walnuts, and next 3 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt), stirring well with a whisk. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove strata from oven; sprinkle evenly with streusel. Bake an additional 30 minutes or until golden and set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ratings & Reviews

LightestFan's Review

January 28, 2014
This was a fabulous breakfast treat! Because of how sweet it was, we enjoyed balancing it with turkey sausage or bacon on our breakfast plate.

LeighLott's Review

January 01, 2014

KGiamarino's Review

December 31, 2013

bunnycous's Review

December 29, 2013
I thought this was very good. The recipe as written seemed very sweet so I lowered the brown sugar in the banana mixture to about 3/4 cup. It was still sweet but good. I had no problems with the streusel. I did a tbsp melted butter instead of canola in the streusel.

mtnmama13's Review

December 27, 2013

Lhinojos1's Review

December 23, 2013
I had no problem with the streusel and everything else was great! My family loved it and I'll make it again.

Elissagease's Review

December 11, 2013
I thought it lacked sufficient banana flavor and I wish I had used dark rather than light brown sugar. My topping was a little dry even though I blended it well.

brighteyes8's Review

December 01, 2013
This is delicious! Did not have a problem with the topping at all. Once the streusel is mixed with the oil, all the flour gets moist just as it should. Baked up crisp and golden on top just as described.

Buyrice's Review

November 25, 2013
The flavor of the strata is really good, but the streusel was not - as written, it came out as a thick layer of dry, dusty flour on top of the strata. I'll certainly make this recipe again, but not without seriously tweaking the streusel component.