Whatcha Got Cooking?
In this section, Cool Springs’ staff members make recommendations for kitchen concoctions you can try at home. Some recipes contain wine or spirits. Some are just paired with wine or spirits. In all cases, we promise palate-pleasing dishes that will (hopefully) inspire you to share it with others. Let us know what you think...
Apple Raisin French Toast Strata
Christmas brunch anyone? Start the day off with this indulgent treat--and pair it with an elegant Itallian Prosecco like La Marca ($12.99 at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits).
1 (1 pound) loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cubed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, diced
1 cup diced peeled apples
2 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange 1/2 of the cubed raisin bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the cream cheese evenly over the bread, and top with the apples. If you like extra raisins, add them now. Top with remaining bread.
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the cream, butter, and maple syrup. Pour over the bread mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and press down so that all bread pieces are soaked. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
4. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.