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Turnover Strata

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Ingredients

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

Turnover Strata

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Okay, we have a new focus for this site!

There are literally hundreds of thousands of recipe sites on the internet, so all bloggers must find a niche. After thinking about this for months, I decided to focus on the science behind cooking and baking. If you understand a bit about why and how a recipe works (don’t be scared!) you will be a better cook, have fewer failures, and have more fun in the kitchen.

So let’s start with a simple recipe: a strata.

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! Don’t try to make that pastry from scratch!) if you are so inclined.

Why this recipe works: 

  • The pastry soaks up the bread and egg to make a new structure for the casserole.
  • The egg provides protein in a web that holds everything together. It combines with the milk and cream to make a custard that holds the pastry in suspension.
  • Soaking time is essential for the success of this recipe. If the pastry doesn’t soften it will remain as hard chunks in the casserole, instead of a soft interior and crisp crust.

 

 

 

 

Steps

1
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Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with unsalted butter or spray it with nonstick baking spray containing flour.

2
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Arrange the turnover pieces in the casserole dish.

3
Done

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

4
Done

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.

5
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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.

6
Done

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.

7
Done

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.

lindaBest

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 40 books (39 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies). She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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