Pear French Toast Strata

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Pear French Toast Strata


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 48 (1-inch thick) slices French bread
  • 8 cups Custard (recipe follows)
  • 8 cups Pear-Cream Cheese (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated superfine sugar
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups reserved pear juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup superfine granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pounds 2 ounces (4 cups) Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, diced, in juice, drained and juice reserved


Use the butter to coat the bottom and sides of a 4-inch hotel pan. Arrange half of the bread slices in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Pour half of the Custard (4 cups) over the bread and spread the Pear Cream Cheese on top in an even layer. Cover the Pear Cream Cheese with an even, single layer of the remaining bread slices. Pour the remaining 4 cups of Custard over top and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking.

Before baking, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Bake the pudding 50 to 60 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 150 degrees F and the custard is set. Remove the pan from the oven and cool 30 minutes before portioning and serving.


In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend the eggs on medium speed until creamy. Add the sugar and continue mixing on medium until it has dissolved and the mixture is lemony yellow and creamy. Add the milk, pear juice, vanilla and cinnamon, mixing until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes 8 cups


In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and mix until well incorporated. Fold in the pears by hand, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make 8 cups