Capirotada (my mom's version)
It's still one of my favorites.
1 largefrench bread, day old
4 1/2 cwater
1 tspstar anise or anise seeds
1- 1 1/2 cmild cheddar cheese, cubed
1 tspvanilla extract
1 cpecan halves
1 1/2 cbrown sugar
3 Tbspbutter, melted
How to Make Capirotada (my mom's version)
- Cut bread into cubes and set aside in a large bowl.
- If desired, Soak raisins in water and set aside. This keeps raisins from hardening during baking process.
- Place 4 1/2 cups of water in a medium pot. Add cinnamon sticks in the water. You can use a diffuser for the anise and cloves or place directly into the water. Boil to make a spice tea over medium heat.
- Place milk and vanilla in a small pot and simmer over very low heat.
- When spice tea is nice and dark, strain it, pour into a medium bowl and add brown sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour sweetened tea over bread cubes and mix gently until bread is completely soaked.
- Pour melted butter into a 9 x 11 baking dish. Glass dish works best.
Layer half of soaked bread, half of drained raisins, half ofpecan halves and half of cheese. Gently press down on e Rey thing and you later it with a rubber spatula. Repeat.
- Pour warm milk/vanilla mixture all over top of the bread mixture.
Lightly cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour or until set.
Remove foil for the last 10 minutes to brown the top.