1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar

1 1/4 cups water

2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

4 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces)

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Cooking spray

3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

All ingredients can be purchased at Mountain View Market Co+op 


Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks.

Step 2

Combine bread, raisins, almonds, and butter in a large bowl. Drizzle with warm sugar syrup, tossing gently to coat. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with cheese. Cover with foil; chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Serve warm.