Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)
Capirotada, or Mexican bread pudding, is a traditional dish eaten during Lent. It is a favorite, sweet treat especially on Fish Fridays.
or 1 cup of brown sugar
star of anise
or 2 whole cloves
cubed (or french bread)
Monterey Jack cheese
In a pot, add the water, piloncillo, cinnamon stick, and star of anise.
Bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until everything is dissolved.
In the meantime, get the other ingredients ready.
In a large stockpot, add a layer of bread, bananas, nuts, and cheese.
Keep layering until there are no remaining ingredients.
Add the hot liquid to the pot.
Place the pot on the stove top.
Make sure it’s on LOW heat and cook for 7 minutes or until the liquid is completely absorbed and the cheese is melted.
Turn off the stove and let sit for another 8 minutes before serving.
You can substitute the anise for whole cloves or use both.