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!
For the Syrup
1cup piloncillo or panela (brown cane sugar)
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2teaspoon anise seeds
3 whole clove
1cup dried cranberries
1/2cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pecan halves
You Will Also Need
4 large eggs
2/3cup rompope or spiked eggnog
1/3teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4tablespoons unsalted butter
3-4tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
1 day old French baguette sliced into 12 slices, crust removed
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.