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Budín Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rican Bread Pudding) Recipe

Island Bites is a Puerto Rican cook with decades of experience in the kitchen. She's an expert in Latin American cuisine.

Enjoy this recipe for Puerto Rican bread pudding.

Enjoy this recipe for Puerto Rican bread pudding.

Island Bites: Budín Puertorriqueño

Budín is a bread dessert that's very popular in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America. Unlike American bread pudding, Puerto Rican budín is served at room temperature or preferably cold. It's a great way to use stale bread. In addition to bread, raisins are a must in a traditional Puerto Rican budín. It is delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make.

Traditional Puerto Rican budin

Traditional Puerto Rican budin

Ingredients

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices stale sandwich loaf/sliced bread
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • raisins
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a big bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add milk, vanilla, spices, and salt.
  2. Crumble the bread with your fingers and add to the mix. Whisk until well incorporated. The result should be somewhat thicker with little lumps. Let it set for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Fold raisins into the batter. Transfer to a pre-greased baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40–45 minutes or until set. Traditionally, it is served at room temperature or cold.
Puerto Rican budin with nmuts

Puerto Rican budin with nmuts

Tips

  • If you don't like raisins, you can use nuts instead. Add a layer of nuts at the bottom of the pan before the batter for a crunchy topping.
  • You can use coconut milk instead of evaporated milk and garnish with toasted coconut.
  • Soak the raisins in rum for an extra kick.

Questions & Answers

Question: Does your budin bread pudding come out with the caramel-like sauce at the top? Or do I have to make the caramel separately?

Answer: Some people make budin with caramel, as if they were making flan. I do not add caramel to budin.

Question: Do I need to dilute the evaporated milk with equal amounts of water when making Budín Puertorriqueño?

Answer: No water. Just the evaporated milk.

Question: What size pan should I use for this recipe?

Answer: It depends, but a size 8 or 9 pan would be ok. You could also make it in a cupcake pan, or whatever else pan you like.

Question: Do you cover your baking dish when baking Island Bites?

Answer: No, bake them uncovered.

Question: What kind of nuts are used on top of Puerto Rican bread pudding?

Answer: I believe it was mixed nuts.

Question: Can Italian bread be used Puerto Rican bread pudding?

Answer: Yes, of course!

Question: How many servings does this recipe for Puerto Rican bread pudding make?

Answer: Well, it depends, but at least 8.

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