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Capirotada Cheesecake

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12 servings

Capirotada, or Mexican bread pudding, is traditionally enjoyed during Lent—but this cheesecake version tastes delicious anytime!

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  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Chop 8 oz. piloncillo; place in small saucepan. Add 2 Tbsp. water; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until piloncillo is dissolved, stirring constantly. Cool.
  • Meanwhile, mix graham crumbs and 3 Tbsp. butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 min.; cool.
  • Beat cream cheese and piloncillo syrup in small bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  • Chop remaining piloncillo; place in saucepan. Add remaining 3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. water; cook and stir until piloncillo is completely dissolved. Cool. Reserve 2 Tbsp. syrup for later use. Toss bread cubes with raisins, remaining syrup and remaining butter; spoon over cheesecake batter.
  • Bake 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set, covering loosely with foil for the last 20 min. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours. Drizzle with reserved piloncillo syrup.

Size Wise

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Make Ahead

The piloncillo syrups can be prepared ahead of time. Chop and measure the piloncillo as directed, placing the different amounts in separate bowls. Mix with the water as directed, then let stand overnight before using to prepare syrups.

How to Easily Cut the Cheesecake

Since the bread topping for this cheesecake is crunchy, use a serrated knife to cut the cheesecake to serve.

Where to Find the Piloncillo

Piloncillo can be purchased at any Latin grocery store and is usually found in 2 different sizes. For this cheesecake recipe, the smaller cones were used with each cone weighing about 1 oz.


  • 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
Calories 470
Total fat 27g
Saturated fat 16g
Cholesterol 135mg
Sodium 410mg
Carbohydrate 50g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 35g
Protein 7g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 10 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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