Capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding that is traditionally eaten during Lent..It is generally composed of toasted French bread soaked in sugar syrup, raisins and walnuts..It is best served warm but many love 2 have it chilled...I like it in both the ways..I made a lil variation by using cottage cheese in addition with cheese and i used sugar in the syrup as i cdnt get the brown sugar...u can check the original recipe here..:-)
5-8 White Bread Slices
1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Crumbled Cottage Cheese/paneer
1 cup Sugar Syrup
(1 cup sugar + 1 1/2 cup water + 1'' cinnamon + Star anise as per taste)
Lightly butter both sides of the bread slices and toast till light brown..
Tore the slices in to small pieces and keep aside.
In a pan add all the ingredients for sugar syrup and bring to boil.
Then reduce to simmer for 10-15mins till the sugar dissolves and syrup is formed.
Strain the syrup and keep aside.
Grease a square baking dish perfectly and layer it with the bread pieces.
Top the layer with raisins and crumbled paneer/cottage cheese.
Pour the syrup over this so that the bread is completely soaked by the sugar syrup..
Then sprinkle the shredded cheese over this.
Bake it in a pre-heated oven in 180C for 20 min or more until syrup is absorbed.
Serve warm/chilled with ice cream or as it is...enjoy..:-)
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