Visits with your grandparents should always end with a something sweet. When we made plans with Mawmaw and Pawpaw a couple of months ago for them to visit, I immediately started planning our short but sweet visit. I knew that I wanted to send them home with a full belly on Sunday morning so that they wouldn’t have to worry about stopping to grab lunch on the way (because, well, there’s nothing in between here and there worth stopping for until you get the Wilmington). Also knowing that our Saturday was pretty full, I decided to pick a breakfast that could be prepped before they ever arrived.
The Pear and Gruyere Strata is incredibly easy to prep and involves no cooking before the strata actually cooks the morning you plan to eat. Cinnamon bread (I used a gluten free cinnamon raisin bread) is layered on the bottom of a baking dish and then topped with a mixture of sliced pears (I left the skin on), butter and sugar. On top of the pear mixture goes shredded gruyere and then a final layer of cinnamon bread. In a bowl, combine milk (I used 2%), eggs (I used 1/2 cup eggs that were whisked instead of egg substitute), sugar and cinnamon. This all mixture gets poured over everything. Cover and place in the fridge for at least eight hours (mine sat in the fridge for almost 24 and it worked perfectly).
The next morning, simply uncover, sprinkle with sugar and bake for about 50 minutes.
Breakfast is ready!
Serve with copious amounts of coffee! And bacon if you really love your grandparents.