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Hi Bold Bakers!
Breakfast it the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s BOLD!
This Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Strata takes that idea to an entirely new level. My breakfast strata is like a savory bread pudding piled high with gooey tangy cheddar, crispy bacon, and topped of with fresh herbs. Held together by a rich eggy custard, this strata takes all the best parts of breakfast: the egg, bacon and toast, and transforms it into one of the boldest breakfasts you’ve ever had!
What is a strata?
Similar in flavor to a quiche, a strata is a savory bread pudding, and just like bread pudding, my breakfast strata starts with good bread and an egg custard.
I like to use slightly stale crusty bread as this really helps to absorb the custard, creating a lovely soft spongy texture to the strata after baking. The egg custard mixture is where things get exciting, though, as I not only add the traditional cream — but I add lots of cheese, cooked bacon, and green onion. All of this both flavors the strata and holds it together.
After soaking and baking, the result is a gorgeous savory looking pie perfect for slicing and feeding a big crowd. Whoever you share this with will surely be coming back for seconds and thirds!
Can a strata be made ahead?
Since the custard need to time to soak into the bread and marry with all the other flavors, this is a great option for a make ahead breakfast. You can assemble the strata a night in advance and allow it to soak and set up in the fridge. This makes this a great make-ahead breakfast. Instead of worrying about fussy scrambled eggs or omelets I highly suggest you give this a try for your next special brunch occasion!