This week, we are giving you the basic recipe for Capirotada. Capirotada is a traditional Mexican dish that is made and served during the period of Lent. It is likened to a bread pudding of sorts, a dish that is sweet and rich and filled with delicious toppings.
Our Marketing Intern, Stephanie, shared some of her family’s traditions surrounding the celebration of Easter. Every Friday during Lent, Abuelita Juana (Stephanie’s Grandmother) prepares dinner for her whole family.
The prepared food is entirely meatless and is made up of traditional dishes like Tortitas de Camaron, (ground shrimp patties) and is served with lentils and rice.
For dessert, Abuelita Juana makes Capirotada from Bolillo bread. She packs it full of peanuts, raisins, and even sprinkles for that iconic look. This super-sweet dish is intended to work as a nice change from all the salty and savory flavors being consumed.
Follow this recipe and give Capirotada a try!
- 2 cups of water
- 12 oz (about ¼ cup) Don Juan’s Piloncillo
- 3 Don Juan’s Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Don Juan’s Whole Cloves
- 3 Tablespoons melted butter
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 16 slices ⅓” thick Bolillo bread (Preferably 2+ days old)
- ¼ cup of Don Juan’s Natural Peanuts
- ¼ cup of Don Juan’s Raisins
- 2 tablespoons of butter (cut into small cubes)
- 4 tbsp Don Juan’s Sprinkles
thoughts before starting
This recipe for Capirotada can be topped with anything your family prefers and is open to being edited to your liking!
what you'll need to start
Small microwave-safe bowl, aluminum foil, medium sized pot, baking tray, round oven-proof dish.
- Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Take your water, Piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, and cloves and place them in a medium-sized pot on medium heat. Let this heat to form a syrup, it is ready when all granules are combined.
- Lay out your slices of bread on your baking tray.
- Melt your butter in your small, microwave safe bowl and mix it with your vegetable oil. Then, pour this mixture over the bread.
- Bake the bread at 350F degrees for 7 minutes, flip, and toast for another 5 minutes. You are looking for a deep golden color.
- Take your round, oven-proof dish and begin assembling your dessert. Take the slices of bread and dip them into your syrup. Lay them in an even layer on the bottom of your dish, and top with a handful of peanuts and a handful of raisins.
- Repeat this step over and over until you are out of bread. Pour your remining syrup over top and add your last bit of peanuts and raisins. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter that is cut into small cubes on top and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350F degrees for 45 minutes. The top should have a golden-brown crust with a moist interior. Top with your sprinkles.
- Serve warm or cold and enjoy!