Everyone loves bread pudding, but only in Mexico do they doll it up with such wildly diverse ingredients as tomatoes, beans, cheese, bay leaves, prunes, pineapple, candied cactus, raisins, wine, cinnamon and sticky syrup. This is capirotada, and you eat it during Lent. That leaves just three days to get a taste.
If you can't make it yourself, you'll have to hunt for a restaurant or bakery that sells it, such as La Fama, a panadería in East Los Angeles.
This juicy mixture is soaked in a syrup made from piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar cones). As the sign above says, you get to choose whether you want the syrup made with milk (leche) or water (agua). The final touch is candy sprinkles.
A box of capirotada (one large or two small servings) is $3.75 at Panadería La Fama, 420 N. Ford Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90022. (323) 264-4587.