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Sweet Caramel "Strata" with Almonds and Cherries

Sweet Caramel

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 3 cups milk
  • 7 cups challah, French or Italian bread cubes
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ALMOND BUTTER SAUCE:
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Almond Extract

Prep Time:

15 min

Cook Time:

40 min

Serves:

12

At holiday time, brunch is a great alternative to a dinner or cocktail party for entertaining. This festive strata features dried cherries and almonds and is served with a scrumptious butter sauce.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix eggs, sugar and extract in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in milk until well blended. Add bread cubes and cherries; toss to coat well. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with almonds.
  2. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly on wire rack. Serve strata with Almond Butter Sauce.
  3. ALMOND BUTTER SAUCE:Bring 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and 1/2 cup heavy cream to boil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Almond Extract.