CALIFORNIA PEAR BREAKFAST STRATA
1 cup whole milk
1⁄2 cup Greek yogurt
4 Tablespoon apricot jam
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 slices whole wheat bread
2 fresh California pears (any variety), halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup dried cranberries
4 Tablespoons sliced almonds
Prepare a medium-sized baking dish by coating it lightly with olive oil. Beat together eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir apricot jam and yogurt together in a smaller bowl. Toss sliced pears in a bowl with the maple syrup.
Assemble the strata: Arrange a layer of the bread on the bottom of the dish. Dollop half of the yogurt/ jam mixture over the bread and spoon half of the pears on top. Top with half of the cranberries and half the almonds. Repeat ending with almonds on top. Pour the egg mixture over contents of the pan, stopping to allow the bread to soak up the liquid. Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove foil from strata and bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. When the strata is finished cooking, it will be very puffy. Let sit uncovered for several minutes before cutting. Top with additional maple syrup if desired.
Makes 6 servings
Nutritional Analysis (Per serving): Calories-321; protein-13.05 grams; carbohydrates-45.41 grams; fat- 10.85 grams (saturated fat-3.34 grams; monounsaturated fat- 4.42 grams; polyunsaturated fat- 1.66 grams); cholesterol-220.62 mgs; sodium-294.83 mgs; fiber-5.07 grams; sugar-25.19 grams; calories from fat-29%; potassium-359.23 mgs.