Raspberry French Toast Strata is tangy raspberries and sweet cream custard stuffed into light and airy French toast, all baked in one dish. The best thing in the world to wake up to.
One of the best brunch dishes around has got to be the strata. Call it what you will, bread pudding, breakfast casserole, baked French toast. It goes by many names, and comes in almost a million variations (I counted).
My raspberries and cream version here has always struck me as kind of a lady-like breakfast strata. It’s a sweet, I think it’s pretty, it has pink berries and a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar to make it nice. I envision it being served at showers, ladies brunches, spring holiday occasions and such. All very lady-like wouldn’t you say?
For certain this does not need to be ladies only! I’ve seen many a manly man reach for seconds.
Besides being overwhelmingly delicious, one of the loveliest things about this breakfast dish is that it can be made ahead. Once you assemble it, you let it chill for 4 hours or overnight! Bake it in the morning or just before you take it to brunch. Letting it sit allows the bread to absorb all the egg custard so that it bakes without any dry spots.
I also adore the little bursts of sweet cream cheese that get dolloped throughout. Just a typical sweet custard is delicious, but those little bursts take it up a notch. You can see them here.
Simply sprinkle the finished strata with confectioners’ sugar just before serving. I like to serve this just slightly warm so the custard is not totally set. It gives it a little sauciness. And don’t we all need a little more sauciness in our day?
One-dish french toast saves you time and is a sweet treat for your guests. Ingredients Instructions
One-dish french toast saves you time and is a sweet treat for your guests.