Sweet Bread Cherry Strata

Terrytx posted 04-21-98

* Exported from MasterCook *

Cherry Strata

Recipe By : Taste of Home, Feb/Mar, 1998
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breads Breakfast

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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12 cups day-old Italian bread cubes -- 1/2" cubes
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese -- softened
1/2 cup sugar -- divided
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup dried cheeries or cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tsp cinnamon

1 (14-1/2) can sour cherries -- chopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/2 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Place 8 cups of the bread cubes in a greased 13x9x2" baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and extract until smooth.

Stir in cherries and pecans; spoon over bread. Top with remaining bread cubes.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, cinnamon and remaining sugar; pour over bread.

Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 min. or till browned.

Let stand 5 min. before serving.

Combine cherries, sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer 15 min.; remove from heat and stir in extract.

Serve warm over strata.

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