Traditional Capirotada Recipe
This delicious capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding with raisins, cinnamon and apples. It is a wonderfully textured dessert, bursting with flavor. This recipe for capirotada gives you a decadently rich dessert which is packed with delicious flavors. The brown sugar and pecans shine through especially. You can serve capirotada with whipped cream, ice cream or butter and it is wonderful served warm. If you like hot, fruity, satisfying Mexican dessert dishes, capirotada is not one to miss out on because it is so delicious.
Don’t let the extensive ingredient list put you off because this is not one of our difficult Mexican dessert recipes. In fact, it doesn’t take long to make at all and you probably already have most of the ingredients. Serving this after a meal is sure to impress everyone, and because this is rather a hearty dessert you should not serve too much of the entrée first. Just ensure people are still a little hungry after the main dish and they will love this dessert even more. They will not be hungry after finishing their bowl of capirotada. Instead they will feel comfortably full and satisfied.
To make it you need to fry your bread first, and then make a tasty, aromatic liquid with the spices. More ingredients go into the mix and then the bread mixture and sweet, spicy syrup are layered in a baking dish and the whole thing goes into the oven where it will start to smell incredible and make your mouth water! Serve it hot, warm or chilled, with or without ice cream, cream or both. However you choose to serve your homemade capirotada you are sure to fall in love with the amazing flavors and south of the border appeal it offers.
If you have been to Mexico you might have even enjoyed a portion of this in a Mexican restaurant or cafe, and wondered at the time how to make such a flavorful dessert. Well wonder no longer because we have the best capirotada recipe for you right here, and you will be able to find the ingredients easily and prepare the dish without any problems. Your family will love the flavor of this amazing bread and fruit pudding, and they will be full and satisfied after enjoying this hearty fare. It is filling without being too heavy, and satisfying enough that you can serve a small helping and that will be perfectly enough.
- 6 cups stale Mexican bread, in large chunks
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1¼ cups water
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅔ cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon anise seeds
- 2 cups brown sugar or 3 cones piloncillo
- ¼ cup sherry
- 4 cups milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 cups milk
- ½ teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 big apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ½ cup queso fresco or similar cheese, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 cup raisins, soaked in warm water to soften
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter in a skillet and fry the bread until golden.
- Put the water, sugar, anise seeds and cinnamon stick in a pan.
- Boil this mixture gently for about 6 minutes, until the liquid is like syrup.
- Combine the pecans, apples, cheese, zest and raisins and sprinkle the cinnamon and cloves on top.
- Toss well to mix.
- Add the bread and fold everything together gently.
- Pour half the bread mixture into a big, greased baking dish and pour half the syrup over.
- Add the rest of the bread mixture, then the rest of the syrup.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Beat the egg yolks until foamy, then add the salt, sherry and milk.
- Combine well, then pour this over the partially cooked bread and bake until the top is golden.
- This will take about 35 minutes.
Bread pudding is always good but add a Mexican flair to it and you can expect an incredible flavor. With its south of the border characteristics and distinctive taste, this makes a wonderful dessert after any kind of main dish, but is especially nice served after a Mexican entrée to keep the theme going. This bread pudding looks beautiful and it takes every bit as good. The ingredients include raisins, nuts, spices and citrus, so you can expect lots of lovely flavor in every single mouthful. This is nice hot, warm or chilled, with or without ice cream, whipped cream or both.
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