One of my fondest childhood memories during this time of year is going to visit my grandmother, opening her refrigerator and finding Capirotada (Traditional Mexican Bread Pudding). I remember eating this every weekend during Lent. Capirotada is a bread pudding that contains cloves, cinnamon, sugar, bread, dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts and cheese. It’s been in existence in one form or another since the 15th century making this a staple in many Mexican homes during the Easter season. Each ingredient symbolizes a specific aspect for the holiday.
Having eaten this dessert every year growing up, I can say that it’s an acquired taste. I personally equate it to fruit cake – either you like it or you don’t. The recipe is usually passed down through families and everyone has their opinion on how it should be made and what is “traditional”. It can be a very touchy subject around the dinner table. I have to be honest and say that I liked it but didn’t LOVE it, however, I would never tell my grandmother that! If she served me a bowl, I ate it. I liked the sugary syrup, I ate around the nuts and the fruit (I was a kid so it was all about the sugar) but what I LOVED was that she topped off the bread pudding with sprinkles.