Capirotada Mexicana

Capirotada Mexicana in a white ceramic bowl

Hola amigos. Let’s talk about comfort food, shall we? Today, we’re making Capirotada Mexicana, a traditional Mexican bread pudding that’s perfect for any occasion.

It’s like a warm hug in a bowl, with layers of fluffy bread, sweet syrup, and a sprinkle of nuts and cheese.

Trust me, this recipe is easier than you think – and so darn delicious.

Why You Will Love This Capirotada Mexicana Recipe

There are many reasons to fall in love with Capirotada Mexicana. Here are a few:

  • Easy to make: Don’t be intimidated by fancy ingredients or complicated steps. This recipe comes together in a flash, perfect for busy weeknights or weekend get-togethers.
  • Customizable: Love nuts? Throw some in. Prefer a fruitier flavor? Add some dried fruits. The beauty of Capirotada is its versatility. Make it your own.
  • Perfect for any occasion: Capirotada Mexicana is a crowd-pleaser, ideal for potlucks, holidays, or even a cozy night in.
  • Deliciously nostalgic: This recipe is a taste of Mexico for many families. It’s a warm and comforting dish that evokes happy memories.

Ingredients Needed to Make This Capirotada Mexicana:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 cups cubed bolillo bread (or French bread, at least 2 days old)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Alternative Ingredients

Bolillo breadFrench bread
Brown sugarPiloncillo cones (Mexican unrefined cane sugar)
RaisinsCranberries, dried cherries
PeanutsAlmonds, pecans
Monterey Jack cheeseQueso fresco, Cotija cheese

Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Make This Recipe:

  1. Make the syrup: In a saucepan, combine water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  2. Assemble the Capirotada: In a baking dish, arrange half of the cubed bread. Sprinkle with half of the raisins, peanuts, and cheese. Repeat with the remaining bread, raisins, peanuts, and cheese. Pour the warm syrup evenly over the bread mixture.
  3. Bake: Drizzle melted butter on top. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Expert Tips:

  • Use slightly stale bread for the best texture. Fresh bread will become soggy.
  • If your bread isn’t cubed, tear it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Don’t overbake the Capirotada. You want the bread to be soft and moist, not dry and crispy.
  • For a richer flavor, substitute dark brown sugar for the light brown sugar.
  • Feeling adventurous? Add a splash of rum or brandy to the syrup for a boozy twist (optional, of course.).

Utensils You Need To Make This Capirotada Mexicana:

  1. Saucepan
  2. Measuring cups
  3. Spoon
  4. Baking dish
  5. Knife (optional, if you need to cube bread)

Frequently Asked Questions About Capirotada Mexicana and the Recipe:

Can I use another type of bread?

Yes, you can. While bolillo bread is traditional, you can use French bread, challah bread, or even leftover dinner rolls. Just make sure the bread is a bit stale for the best results.

Do I have to use raisins?

Nope. If you’re not a fan of raisins, feel free to omit them or substitute with other dried fruits like cranberries, chopped dates, or dried cherries.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Assemble the Capirotada and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. Let it come to room temperature before baking.

Is Capirotada Mexicana served hot or cold?

Capirotada Mexicana is delicious both hot and cold. It really depends on your preference.

  • Warm and Gooey: Fresh out of the oven is a classic way to enjoy Capirotada. The cheese is melted and gooey, the bread is soft and fluffy, and the flavors are all melded together. It’s a decadent and comforting treat, perfect for a chilly day.
  • Cool and Refreshing: Some people prefer Capirotada Mexicana chilled. This allows the flavors to settle and develop a bit more complexity. The bread becomes more firm, and the overall texture is lighter. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy this dish, especially on a hot summer day.

So, why not try it both ways and see which you prefer? Whichever way you choose, you’re in for a treat.

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