Tuesday, August 18, 2009

French Toast Strata

Great FTS recipe ,( and yes i found it at Safeway :))

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 pack texan cut toast- cut into 2 inch cubes
1 cup Mascarpone Cheese
zest from 1 lemon
1 1/4 cup milk - separated
1 pint raspberries ( any kind of berries will work great)

5 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
butter - to grease baking dish

1. Butter bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish. Pour maple syrup into baking dish, spreading in a even layer. Add 1/2 of the bread cubes to the bottom of the dish, making sure to pack them in tightly.
2. Mix Marscarpone, lemon zest and 1/2 cup of milk together until well combined. Place dollops of the Mascarpone over the layer of bread, using about 1/2 of the Mascarpone mixture. Spread 1/2 of the raspberries on top and then top with the remaining bread cubes.
3. Whisk together eggs, 3/4 cup of milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and pour over the bread in the baking dish. Press the bread cubes down to help soak the egg mixture into each piece. Top with the remaining Mascarpone mixture and raspberries. Cover with aluminum foil and place int he refrigerator overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350F. Place covered strata in the heated oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil after 30 minutes to let the top get golden brown. Serve drizzled with maple syrup

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