Capirotada (Bread Pudding) with Rompope Sauce Serves 9-10

For the bread pudding

12 eggs

4 cups milk

2 cups media crema

½  cup granulated sugar

1 cup raisins

4 cups of day old bread cut into 1/2 inch cubes                                                                                    

1 apple diced into small cubes

For the sauce

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 stick butter (unsalted)

2 tsp pure Mexican vanilla

½ cup rompope

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a food processor, on medium speed, whip the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, till well incorporated (if you don’t have a food processor, simply whip by hand). Add the raisins and apples to the cream mixture and blend together with a wooden spoon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Place the cubed bread in an oven proof pan 9 X 13, pour the mixture over the bread.

Let it soak for 30 minutes – make sure that all the bread has absorbed the cream.

Place pan in oven for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile make the sauce. Over medium heat in a saucepan mix sugar, butter and vanilla, stirring constantly till all sugar has melted, then add the rompope and stir well. Serve this warmed over the bread pudding.

This year-round favorite dessert can be made in advance and reheated

Variety – For fun flavors add one of the following combinations:

Dark chocolate and green creme de menthe, berries and white chocolate, caramel and sea salt, or fresh pear slices and liqueur. There is no limit to the possibilities like a pinch of cinnamon (canela), nutmeg or allspice or even some caramelized walnuts. Try dried cranberries instead of the raisins.

Hint – You can substitute the granulated sugar with 1 ½ Tbsp of agave nectar/syrup for a low glycemic index.

Savory  – Add mushrooms, cheese and/or sausage for a savory side dish

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