Caballeros pobres, also known as poor man's dessert is a delicious addition for your holiday brunch menu or late night posada festivities.
Caballeros pobres, also known as poor man's dessert, is a delicious Mexican French toast dish. During the holidays, I enjoy the flavors of the rompope (spiked eggnog) as a cocktail. It also is tasty for desserts like this Mexican French toast. Once you try this, you will be craving it not only for brunch, but as a late-night snack. The flavors are much like the traditional Mexican bread pudding (capirotada) that I grew up enjoying. If you really want to take this dish to the next level, try adding a slice of salty Mexican cheese, like panela, before adding the warm piloncillo syrup!
In a sauce pan, combine the piloncillo, water, orange zest, juice, cinnamon sticks, anise and cloves. Heat on medium/low until the piloncillo melts and dissolves completely. Once it's all dissolved, remove from heat and add in the cranberries and nuts. Set aside.
In a large skillet at medium heat, add the butter and oil. Preheat heat for a few minutes.
In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs, rompope(eggnog) and cinnamon together. Add a few slices of bread and turn to coat evenly.
Fry the dipped bread pieces in the hot butter/oil for a few minutes, turning as needed. They should be a nice golden brown. Transfer to serving platter. Ladle on the warm piloncillo syrup with nuts over the bread pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. Add your favorite fresh fruit on the side.
Plan ahead for better results. Slice baguette and leave sitting out overnight. Next day, carefully slice of the crust before dipping into egg mixture. This delicious plate of Mexican French Toast (Caballeros Pobres) is tasty enough that it can also be served at room temperature.