This weekend is Mother’s Day and over the next few days I will be trying out some new recipes for breakfast in bed for mom or a special brunch and up first is this sweet and savoury strawberry strata! (A strata is essentially a bread pudding where bread is soaked in a custard filling of milk and eggs and baked until it sets.) For this strata I was going for aspects of both sweet and savoury by combining strawberries with bacon and goat cheese. I start the recipe off with a loaf of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread which is perfect as it’s sweetness complements the strawberries! This recipe is super easy to make; once you have everything mixed up you simply need to bake it; anyone can make it for mom! The strata is finished off by topping it with fresh sliced strawberries and a balsamic syrup made by reducing balsamic vinegar and sugar until it thickens and it’s sweetness and tartness perfectly complements the sweet and savoury strata.
” Go pupule” with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls!
What a tasty Spring brunch!
Strawberry, Bacon and Goat Cheese Strata with Balsamic Syrup
A sweet and savoury strawberry strata with bacon, goat cheese, pecans and a balsamic syrup.
- 1 loaf King’s Hawaiian Hawaiian Sweet Bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 5 eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Mix the bread, strawberries, goat cheese, bacon and pecans and place in a lightly grease baking dish.
- Mix the eggs, milk, honey, vanilla extract and nutmeg and pour it over the bread mixture in the baking dish making sure that all of the bread gets moist.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until puffed and lightly golden brown, about 45 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, simmer the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar over medium heat until it reduces and thickens, about 5 minutes, let it cool and then drizzle it over the strata when serving.
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