Monday, July 13, 2009

Simple Capirotada for the Fiesta

Capirotada is a Mexican Bread Pudding taken especially during Lent.It is made of stale bread or toasted buttered bread if not stale and has raisins and cheese in it.Compared to other bread puddings it uses sugar syrup rather than eggs or milk to make the pudding.The sugar syrup is made with Mexican unrefined brownsugar or Pilloncillo with optional cinnamon,nutmeg,star anise,cloves etc.I found several version of capirotada and adapted mine basically from here.I halved the recipe and used sliced wheat bread and spiced up my syrup with not just cinnamon but star anise as well.

Ingredients:
Bread: 1 loaf of Crusty Bread preferable or normal wheat/white sliced bread : 5-8 slices
Cheddar cheese : 1/2 cup +/- shredded
Craisins: 1/4 cup +

Sugar Syrup: 1/2 cup +/-
Brown Sugar: I used Demerara: 3/4 -1 cup
Water: 1-2 cup
Cinnamon ,Star anise: as per taste (optional):1-2 sticks

Preparation:
If using stale or leftoverbread use as such.Else lightly butter both sides of a slice and then toast it on both sides till goldenbrown.

In a syrup,bring sugar ,water and cinnamon and optional star anise to boil and reduce and simmer for 10-15 minutes till the sugar dissolves and a syrup is formed.Strain the syrup and keep aside.

In a suitable greased baking dish -I used 8 inch square pan,tore the toasted bread into small pieces and layer the dish.Top the bread layer with raisins or craisins as I have used.Then sprinkle half of the shredded cheese on top.Then pour the sugar syrup over this mix such that the bread is completely soaked in it.Then sprinkle rest of the cheese over this.It looks like ...........

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/360F for 15-20 minutes or more until syrup is absorbed .


Allow it to cool a little bit before slicing and serving with whipped cream or icecream or as such .

Mine turned out little crusty as I had added only 1/2 cup of syrup which I thought would be sufficient.Hence I have mentioned more sugar syrup



The pic makes it looks very crusty and solid,but it is actually soft.Optional additions to this are fruits ,veggies like tomato and also pepper.
The warm dessert if off to Jenny at AllthingsEdible for the MM:Mexican Fiesta,an event by Meeta


17 Comments:

Soma said...

This is an all new one for me. Thanks for introducing & the recipe. Unique kinda recipe.
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Usha said...

I have never heard of this, sounds flavorful and inviting !

Pavithra said...

Looks so so yummy...

Anonymous said...

Thats new to me as well..But looks unique ans delicious..

Suparna said...

hi,
I love ur recipes :) there's some freshness to it :) This one too looks very unique and am tempted to try this soon :)
Thanks for the details n recipe, beautiful snaps.
TC

Parita said...

New to me, looks good and simple too

Kitchen Flavours said...

oh wo...looks yummy.....

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious..

Aparna said...

This is the one and only bread pudding I like. I've made it (not enough times, according to my husband!) and know its delicious. :)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Nice and New one to me. Looks delicious.

Vaishali said...

Wow, that's one delicious-looking pudding, Curry. A new recipe to me-- would love to try this sometime.

Raaga said...

wow... such a different bread pudding :-)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo ur recipe is soo unquie dear...looks very pretty...nice presentation..

Priti said...

One more interesting recipe from you...looks very gud and yum

Divya Vikram said...

That is an exotic and new dish! Looks too good.

Joanne said...

You have just made my morning with this. Bread pudding is the best!

Jude said...

Been getting a lot of leftover bread lately. Along with panzanella this is also a great way to use up stale loaves.

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