Gluten-Free French Toast Apple Strata

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Strata, a layered breakfast casserole dish can consist of bread, eggs and layers of sweet or savoury ingredients. In this recipe, I layered the casserole with gluten-free bread, apples, spices and pecans. This stunning dish tastes like a buttery French toast with layers of delicious cinnamon apples baked in a light custard and topped with candied pecans. Doesn’t this sound amazing? This simple to make dish is lovely for breakfast, brunch, or a late afternoon snack. What I love about this recipe most, is it takes only minutes to prepare, and then all you have to do is pop it in the oven, done. I made this recipe for 4, but If you are feeding a crowd, double the recipe, use a 10-inch cast iron skillet and allow about 5 – 8 more minutes of cooking time. Serve with maple syrup, berries or yogurt or all three. YUM! I promise you this gluten-free French toast apple strata is a keeper! Dairy-free option included

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (you can use non-dairy butter like earth balance)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. GF ground ginger
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 gluten-free bread slices, cut into about 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a small bowl mix melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, set aside.
  • Toss apples in lemon juice, set aside
  • Generously brush an 8-inch cast iron skillet including the sides with butter mixture.
  • Add a layer of 1/2 the bread cubes, drizzle with 1/3 of the butter mixture, a layer of 1/2 the apples, remaining bread cubes and 1/3 of the butter mixture.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Pour egg mixture evenly over strata, top with remaining apples and sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle with remaining butter mixture
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then lightly cover with foil reduce heat to 325 F and bake 20 more minutes.


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