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Turnover Strata

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6 apple or cherry turnovers, cubed
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

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Turnover Strata

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Stratas are casseroles made by layering bread with an egg custard mixture and baking. They range from a simple mixture of cubed bread and cheese, to complicated recipes using meats, vegetables or fruits, and just about any ingredient in the world. They are wonderful for breakfast or brunch. They also need to be made ahead of time, since the bread needs to sit in the liquid for a while to soak it up so everything is tender.

I have wanted to make a strata using fruit turnovers for some time. It took me a while to decide on the recipe. Since the turnovers are already filled with fruit and are usually glazed with a frosting, I thought that the recipe should be very simple. I wanted to highlight the fruit and the crisp pastry.

You can make this recipe with any type of turnover you’d like. Bake some frozen turnovers and use them, or buy them from a bakery or a grocery store. You could even make turnovers from scratch (use frozen puff pastry, please!) if you are so inclined.

Serve this simple recipe with a fruit salad and some crisply cooked bacon or tender sausages.







Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with unsalted butter or spray it with nonstick baking spray containing flour.


Arrange the turnover pieces in the casserole dish.


In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and cream and beat until combined.


Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of this mixture to the egg mixture and beat. Cover the rest of the sugar mixture with foil and set aside.


Pour the egg mixture over the turnover pieces in the dish. Press down gently with your hands to make sure that the turnover pieces are all coated with the egg mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.


When you’re ready to eat, preheat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the dish. Sprinkle the turnover mixture with the rest of the cinnamon sugar.


Bake the strata for 20 to 30 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown and set. The temperature of the strata should be at least 160°F. Scoop out of the baking dish to serve.


Linda Larsen has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for the Pillsbury Company on the Bake-Off and in their test kitchens since 1988. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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