Diva Tasting: Pumpkin Strata…

PUMPKIN STRATA

Ingredients

Strata:

Cooking Spray

1 Loaf Day Old French Bread, Or Cinnamon Swirl Loaf Cubed

1 Can Pumpkin

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice

2 (8 Ounce) Packages Cream Cheese, Cut Into 1/2-Inch Cubes

12 Eggs

½ Cup Maple Syrup

2 Cups Half N’ Half

Syrup:

2 Cups Brown Sugar

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

1 ½ Cups Water

3 Tablespoons Butter

Directions:

Step 1 Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a bowl mix cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice eggs, maple syrup, milk. Beat until combined. Place the bread cubes in a bowl and cover. Let sit in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. When bread has soaked up the magic, place in baking pan.

Step 2 Place in Preheated oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 3 Bake strata, covered, for 45 minutes. Remove cover, and bake for an additional 30 minutes OR until set and a toothpick placed in the middle comes out clean.

Step 4 While the strata is baking, prepare the syrup. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and water in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cook for 5 minutes; continue cooking for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter. Serve warm over slices of the strata.

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