Here’s an easy way to please those with a sweet tooth at your brunch table.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 8 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Nutmeg, to taste
- An assortment of sliced breads such as cinnamon-strudel, banana-nut and/or English muffins, waffles, cinnamon-raisin, etc., cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (enough to fill a 13x9x2” baking dish)
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2 McIntosh apples, cored and coarsely chopped
- Pure maple syrup, for serving
Butter a 13 x 9 x 2” glass baking dish.
In a medium mixing bowl , whisk  together eggs, milk, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Arrange the bread cubes in the bottom of the prepared baking dish then scatter the raisins and apples over top. Pour the milk and egg mixture on top of the breads and fruit, pressing down to submerge the breads completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least a few hours — preferably overnight — to allow the breads to soak up all the milk.
To bake, position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat to 350ºF.
Bake the strata uncovered until puffed and golden, and a knife  inserted into its center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut the strata into squares and serve with maple syrup.