Christmas Breakfast: Cinnamon Toast Strata

Each year I make sticky buns (I'll post the recipe in a few days) to eat while we are sitting around the tree and opening gifts and then we have brunch later in the day. I like to make this for brunch because it is very easy to put together the night before and then pop into the oven when I'm ready to cook. I love to serve it with fresh fruit and a nice baked ham.


1 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon

10 pieces thick-sliced bread
¼ cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups milk
4 eggs

Combine the 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside. Trim crusts from bread. In small bowl, mix together butter, the 3 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon cinnamon. Spread on 5 of the bread slices; top with remaining slices. Cut diagonally into quarters to make triangles.

Arrange triangle, longest side down, overlapping and curving slightly, around the edge of a greased deep 10-inch pie plate. Arrange remaining triangles in a tight circle in the center. (Or arrange around the edge of a greased 11x7 inch baking dish, curving slightly to fit; arrange remaining triangles in the center.)

Whisk milk with eggs until blended; pour evenly over triangles in dish. Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the triangles. (Strata can be prepared to this point, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 12 hours.) Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Bake, uncovered, in 350o oven for about 45 minutes or until puffed and golden. Let stand on rack for 10 minutes.

I don't remember where I got the recipe but we've been enjoying it now for a few years.

Tonia L

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