Capirotada is a traditional Mexican food dessert similar to a bread pudding made with bread, raisins, fruit, nuts, and simple sugar syrup, perfect warm or cold.  Capirotada is usually eaten during the Lenten period, it is one of the dishes served on Good Friday.


There are various preparations of the dish. It is generally composed of toasted bolillo or baguette and soaked in an infused syrup made of the following: whole cane sugar, which is known as piloncilloclove, and cinnamon sticks.

Ingredients for Capirotada

Bread - Bolillos, baguettes, and French Loaf are the best types of bread to use.

Fruit - Banana is typically used in Capirotada, but you can use any combination of these fruits; dates, apples, raisins, apricots, and pineapple.

Nuts - Almond slices, chopped walnuts, pine, and pecans are great add-ins.

How to make Capirotada

    • Tear the loaf of french bread into 2 to 3-inch pieces, and place on a baking sheet.

    • Preheat oven to 375°F, place the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool. 
    • In a medium saucepan, mix brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and clove. 
    • Bring to a boil; simmer on low heat for 15 minutes
    • Combine bread, raisins, fruit, nuts, and butter in a large bowl.
    •  Drizzle with warm sugar syrup, tossing gently to coat. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 8-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
    • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Place shredded cheese on top of Capirotada in the last 5 minutes of baking. 
    • Serve warm, or cold