You Have House Guests for Easter Weekend and Want to Have Breakfast Ready to Roll Early

April 10, 2009 by

It's a holiday weekend. 

And starting on Thursday your house will be full of family members and friends visiting from out of town.

Your menu is already set for the big brunch on Sunday, but you also have a lot of meals between Thursday and then to plan for - including breakfasts.

And since everyone gets up at different times, you want something that you can make in advance, and just pop in the oven when everyone decides to roll out of bed.

I love the holidays.  Any time where I get to cook for the masses is a gift in my opinion.

I get to plan a full menu and cook the recipes that are only done justice when made in large quantities.

And this recipe is a great example.  Your guests will wake up to the warms smells of cinnamon and apples, and the entire day will start out on a delightful note.

So the next time you have a house full of out-of-town guests, check one of the mornings off your list.  You have the perfect recipe for a breakfast treat.

Until our next meal,


French Toast Strata


French Toast Strata

French Toast Strata

  • 1 Loaf Cinnamon Bread, Cubed
  • 1 8 Oz Package Cream Cheese, Cubed
  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 6 Tbs Butter, Melted
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Apples, Peeled and Diced


  1. Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  2. Top with cream cheese and apples and remaining bread.
  3. In blender combine eggs, milk, butter and maple syrup, process until smooth.
  4. Pour over bread.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-40 mins or until knife inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


Apple Cider Syrup


  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 4 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2t Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tsp Butter


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon.
  2. Gradually whisk in cider and lemon juice.
  3. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Stir in butter until melted.
  5. Serve warm with strata.

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