Sweet Caramel "Strata" with Almonds and Cherries

Sweet Caramel "Strata" with Almonds and Cherries

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes


12 people

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


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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.


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