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Casserole: Cinnamon Roll Strata with Apples and Pecans

posted by jeanndan 06-08-103 1:09 PM

Cinnamon Roll Strata with Apples and Pecans

4 cups cubed (about 1-inch pieces) cinnamon rolls
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, divided
1/3 cup golden raisins
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecan halves
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Warm maple syrup


Spread cinnamon roll cubes on a baking sheet and toast in a preheated 300-degree oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

In heavy skillet, heat butter over medium heat until hot. Add apples, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Sauté about 5 minutes, until tender and caramelized. Transfer to a plate and cool.

Spray 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease lightly with melted butter or margarine. Spread toasted cinnamon roll cubes in the bottom of the pan, followed by apples and raisins.

Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Pour over ingredients in pan, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Toast pecans in preheated 350-degree oven 5 to 10 minutes or until golden; do not over brown. Chop coarsely.

Remove strata from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking. Uncover and sprinkle with pecans. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven about 35 minutes or until set in the middle. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar and serve with warm maple syrup.

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