The Capirotada from Mexico

This recipe for capirotada is typical dessert of the Jalisco or Zacatecas states; indeed, in Mexico the capirotada is a dessert; in Spain this points to a completely different main course dish. This dessert is generally served during Lent and it is a great way to use those bread rolls that aren't 100% fresh anymore...

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Recipe for Capirotadas


* 5 bread panini-like rolls, (mexican Birote or Bolillos types)
* 5 tortillas that aren't fresh,
* 1 cup nuts (150g)
* 1/3 cup dried, pitted prunes (50g)
* 2/3 cup raisins (100g)
* 1 and 1/2 cups peanut
* 2 bananas
* 1 cup dried fruit
* 1 apple, peeled and cut in pieces
* 1 cup grated coconut
* 1 cup colored decorative candy
* 1 cup grated extra mild cheddar cheese
* a bit of orange zest
* 3 piloncillo cones (mexican brown sugar) - Substitute for 3 cups brown sugar and 3 tablespoons molasses if you don't have
* 2 cinnamon sticks
* butter or shortening
* salt


1) Slice the bread rolls in slices just under an inch thick, toast them in the oven with a little butter on each one and on both sides. Place the tortillas at the bottom and sides of the greased pan you will be using, to make sure the bread isn't directly touching the pan. Prepare the syrup by melting the piloncillos in 2 1/2 cups of water with a few cinnamon sticks, orange zest and a pinch of salt.

2) Arrange the bread slices over the tortillas (keeping them slightly separated from one another because they will expand) in layers or batches, with nuts, prunes, raisins, peanuts and chilacayote or dried fruits spread over each layer; pour a little bit of syrup over each slice of bread before laying another layer over the first one (if needed); save a bit of syrup in case the capirotada is too dry in the end.

3) Over the top layer sprinkle some grated cheese, orange zest and pour the syrup in, allowing the layers to gradually get wet. Place in the oven at 250 ˚F and bake for between 30-45 minutes, uncovered because the bread will rise as the syrup is absorbed in it.

4) Let your capirotada cool down to room temperature, half covered. Finally, decorate with grated coconut, colored candy to give your capirotada a good taste with a festive look.

Enjoy this mexican treat with a glass of cold milk and try not to eat the whole batch!

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