Today’s recipe is an adaptation from the best recipe I have ever discovered on Pintrest. (I love Pintrest.) Cinnamon French Toast Strata is a recipe to make soon and tuck away into your secret recipe arsenal for breakfasts, brunches (Christmas morning people!), and maybe even dinner. Here’s why:
This dish is insanely tasty! The french toast tops come out that wonderful golden brown and just the right amount of firm, but the insides are still soft. The cream cheese is sweet and creamy. The cinnamon and sugar mixed throughout get a little gooey… and blend perfectly with maple syrup and butter.
This dish is insanely easy to prep! You are supposed to prep it the night before, which means that when your running around like a nut preparing other food and last minute cleaning the bathroom before your brunch guests arrive, all you have to do with this is toss it in the oven.
This dish is insanely easy to cook! Again you just pop it in the oven…
This dish is really pretty. Seriously it looks really good in a pretty baking dish. Right from oven to table.
This dish is super adaptable. I’ve made a gluten free version. I’ve made it with all different types of fruit, changed the spices. Used different flavored breads instead of cinnamon, changed the shape of the bread… you get the point. Each variation I’ve tried has always been met with rave reviews!
And to recap the most important point of all: This dish is insanely tasty! Seriously it’s a super moist cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting in french toast form. How can cinnamon rolls and maple syrup be bad together? Make this for breakfast this weekend, dinner tonight, or Christmas brunch. I promise you will have many happy happy eaters.
P.S. Just so you know I really like using Greenlee’s Cinnamon bread for this or I found a brand I think might be local called Sunflower (I think). Both these breads have a frosted top already… which is a-okay it only adds to the dish. If you don’t have these available to you Pinch of Yum has a killer looking recipe for homemade cinnamon swirl bread here. Or any cinnamon raisin toast or Cinnabon brand bread will work well too.Print