40 min
45 min
8 to 10

Capirotada with Queso Fresco and Coffee and Toffee Crema


  • 1 cup Cacique® Crema Mexicana

  • 15 oz. evaporated milk

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla bean paste (or extract)

  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 1¼ cups packed dark brown sugar or piloncillo plus 3 tbs.

  • 5 cups cubed (1/2-inch) day old French bread

  • 1½ Tbsp. orange zest

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, rough chop

  • 1 package (10 oz.) Cacique® Queso Fresco, crumbled

  • 1 ripe banana, sliced (1/2-inch)

  • Non-stick cooking spray

Coffee & Toffee Crema Sauce

  • 1 lb. unsalted butter (2 sticks)

  • ½ cup Cacique® Crema Mexicana

  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup coffee-flavored liquor

  • Pinch of kosher salt

Preparation Method
For capirotada:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9-inch casserole dish. In a medium-sized bowl, combine crema, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until blended well. Add brown sugar (reserving 3 tablespoons for later) and blend until well incorporated. Set aside. In a large bowl place bread cubes, raisins, nuts, orange zest and Queso Fresco and gently mix with a large spoon until blended. Add milk/crema mixture, gently stir and add bananas. Let the bread soak for 10 minutes.

Spoon the bread mixture and all the milk/crema mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of brown sugar over the bread pudding and place in the oven for 40 minutes until set and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven.

For coffee & toffee crema:
Melt butter in small sauce pan. Add crema and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add vanilla and coffee liqueur. Stir until well blended and allow it to thicken for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and drizzle lightly over the bread pudding. Serve immediately.
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