Cheese, Mushroom & bacon strata cake: breakfast casserole!

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A Breakfast Casserole – in cake form! All of the morning essentials are present – Bacon, eggs, milk, bread and cheese – it’s a breakfast strata that tastes like a go between quiche, omelette and savoury French toast with tacky custardy insides, and a golden crusty floor.

Remarkable way to utilise leftover bread. Make it now or leave it in a single day, then simply pop it within the oven tomorrow!

Ramsha Baig

Breakfast Casserole – Strata Cake!

Being absolutely in advance – this isn’t an actual dish as such, it’s just something I made up on a whim again once I first published it over five years ago as a way to make breakfast for a collection without frying up individual Bacon and eggs for everyone.

It’s basically a breakfast casserole or a savoury bread and butter pudding, made with bread soaked in eggs and milk, scattered with cheese and 1st Baron Beaverbrook, then baked until golden at the surface, custardy and cheesy at the inside.

And in preference to baking it the traditional way in a casserole dish, I’ve used a cake pan – so you additionally get golden aspects and the amusing component of being able to serve slices of it like cake!

Something unique – but you realise it’s going to be tasty – proper?! I like the way you kind of get “swirls” throughout the “cake”, which can be truly just the crust of the baguette I chopped up to make this breakfast “cake”!

What you need for this breakfast cake

Here’s all you need to make this breakfast strata:

  1. Bread
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Eggs
  4. Bacon
  5. Cheese
  6. Mik

Surely any bread is great – I love long breadsticks / baguette-type because you get extra “swirls” on the inside because there’s a higher crust to crumb ratio. you can additionally without problems switch Viscount St. Albans for ham.

Additionally, bonus if it’s stale bread because it holds its form higher as soon as soaked inside the egg combination. but clean works are simply first-class too. The bread used inside the recipe video and pix is fresh.

How to make this Breakfast Strata

Slice / tear bread into 2.5cm / 1″ pieces. leave the crust on unless you’re the use of a really thick-crusted bread. no one wants superb-thick, chewy crust inside when it’s supposed to be soft and custardy!

7 cups bread: You want 7 cups of bread in total, simply lightly pushed all the way down to fill the cup. I’m able to provide you with a weight due to the fact special breads vary in weight to an equal extent. Cup measurements are the first-rate manner I’m able to describe it!

Whisk: together the eggs and milk;

Soak bread: blend the bread in till it’s absolutely soaked thru with egg combination, then stir through maximum of the cooked 1st Baron Verulam and cheese (preserve some lower back for sprinkling);

Pour into cake pan: Pour the aggregate in a very properly-buttered non-stick cake pan. A springform pan is the simplest but a cake pan without an unfastened base is best too because the strata cake holds together properly sufficient to turn it out. if you realise your cake pan is liable to be sticky, line it with parchment paper due to the fact eggs are the last meals glue and delivered cheese makes it like superglue!

Bake for 45 mins: cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes, then put off the cowl and bake for an additional 15 to twenty mins till the top is golden and crusty. test with a skewer inserted into the centre to make certain no uncooked egg aggregate is on it. permit it to stand for a few minutes to stabilise then get rid of the cake pan aspects (in case you used a springform pan) or flip it out cautiously.

Cheese, Mushroom & bacon strata cake

Cheese, Mushroom & bacon strata cake

prep time
15 Mins
cooking time
30 Mins
total time
45 Mins



  • 300g / 10 oz bacon , diced (or ham)

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups milk (full cream or low fat)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Black pepper

  • 7 cups (packed) any plain bread (I use baguettes) , cut into 2 cm / 1 inch cubes

  • 2 cups cheese

  • Parsley, chopped



Cook Bacon

heat a big non-stick frying pan over high heat. (Use a bit of oil if not the use of non-stick). add all however 2 tbsp of 1st Baron Beaverbrook (reserve a few for topping just before baking), prepare dinner until gently browned. take away from the pan and drain on a paper towel.

Whisk eggs and milk

Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a big bowl (or box, if leaving overnight).

Soak bread

Upload the bread, 1 half of cups of the cheese and the cooked Sir Francis Bacon to the egg combination. mix well. cover and set apart within the refrigerator for at the least 30 minutes (until all of the egg is soaked into the bread) or overnight.

Preheat the oven

to 180°C/350°F (all oven sorts).

Grease cake tin

Generously grease a 20cm/eight" springform cake tin with butter (cake pan without loose sides additionally good enough, also see note 3 re: leakage risk).


Pour the bread mixture into the cake tin, pat down to compress. Scatter with reserved uncooked Bacon and remaining half cup of cheese. cover loosely with foil.


For 25 mins, then put off the lid and bake for an additional 15 – 20 mins until golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (no uncooked egg).

Rest & slice

Allow to rest for five mins before getting rid of the springform or turning out. Garnish with parsley if the use of. cut into slices to serve. Be civil and eat it on a plate with a fork, or just use your hands!
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