11 oz. Bread Cubes (Challa or Cinnamon Bread Recommended)
12 tsp. cubed Cream Cheese
2 cups Blueberries (fresh – preferred or frozen) Apples and raisons work well.
16 oz. Milk (Can use half heavy whipped cream/half whole milk)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Dash of Cinnamon
¾ cup Maple Syrup
¼ cup Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray eight large ramekins with Pam. Layer bread cubes to line the bottom of the ramekins. Generously dot crème cheese throughout (1 – ½ tsp. per ramekin). Spread blueberries evenly among the ramekins.
Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour 4 oz. of egg mixture into each ramekin. Leave about ¼ inch from top of ramekin.
Cover. Refrigerate overnight.
Cook maple syrup and butter in microwave for 5 to 6 mins. on high. Stir once. Syrup should thicken slightly. Pour over prepared ramekin. Sprinkle with Rice Krispies.
Line cookie sheet with foil. Place ramekins on sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Run a flat knife around the side of the ramekins. Place a cloth napkin on top. Flip over and flip over again onto plate. Or, serve in ramekin (much easier).
Drizzle maple syrup/butter remains over stratta and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For those with dietary restrictions, egg whites can be used instead of whole eggs. Lowfat milk or Lactose-free milk can be used instead of whole milk. Gluten-free bread may also be used. The strata will not rise as high, but will taste delicious. Serves 8
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