Island Bites is a Puerto Rican cook with decades of experience in the kitchen. She's an expert in Latin American cuisine.
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.
- 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
- a pinch of salt
- In a big bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add milk, vanilla, spices, and salt.
- 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.
- Fold raisins into the batter. Transfer to a pre-greased baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40–45 minutes or until set. Traditionally, it is served at room temperature or cold.
- 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: How many servings does this recipe for Puerto Rican bread pudding make?
Answer: Well, it depends, but at least 8.
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: 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: 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!
© 2013 IslandBites
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 04, 2020:
Glad you liked it!
Luisa on July 02, 2020:
Thanks for the recipe I made it yesterday and was delicious my family enjoyed it.
May on May 17, 2020:
Made it today with just coconut milk it was pretty food, I used slice bead and loaf bread
Naomi on September 10, 2019:
I would like to see more recipes on your page thank you
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on April 18, 2019:
I hope you like it!
Alicia Mendoza on April 18, 2019:
Making it for Easter, Thanks
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on January 29, 2019:
Thank you. I hope you like it!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 29, 2019:
Thanks for this enticing recipe! I like both raisins and nuts so will splurge on both. I think this will be a big hit!
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on January 27, 2019:
Evaporated milk is not sweet, maybe you're thinking of condensed milk. Also, coconut milk is not sweet, that'd be coconut cream.
Rosa on January 27, 2019:
I personally skip the sugar 100 %, the evaporated milk is super sweet unless “lite” coconut milk also sweet unless again if its lite.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 29, 2018:
Yes, you can. I can't tell you exactly how many slices, but aprox the equivalent of 6 slices of white bread.
Rosa on July 29, 2018:
can i use this recipe using slice cinnamon bread ? Pepperridge Farm how many slice? Pls. thanks !!
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on February 05, 2018:
I honestly have never make it in a cast iron skillet. Your could try. Add raisins according to your liking. Add a small box and go from there, I guess. Good luck!!
MannyManolo on February 05, 2018:
Can I use a cast Iron skillet to make this and also, how much raisins should I use. Cannot wait to make this for my wife tomorrow!!!
Manny on February 05, 2018:
Can I use a cast iron skillet?
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 22, 2017:
No. Coconut milk is not sweet.
Lydia Fuster on October 22, 2017:
If I use coconut milk can I leave out the cup of brown sugar.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on September 28, 2015:
peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 28, 2015:
yummy, I must try this recipe
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on September 01, 2015:
8"or 9"should be fine. I have made them in cupcake pans too.
Md on September 01, 2015:
What size pan should I use?
Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 16, 2014:
I think I will. Thanks again, dear. I'll let you know.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on December 16, 2014:
Hope you like it. Thanks for your comment!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 15, 2014:
I'm glad to know that your recipe includes coconut milk! My family will enjoy this for the holidays. So, I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on December 15, 2014:
Thanks for the comments!
Beth Perry from Tennesee on December 15, 2014:
This sounds tasty and easy to make. A winner to me!
Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on December 15, 2014:
Do they serve this in heaven??
I love bread pudding so o o o o much!! But, this is even better than regular bread pudding, with the cake pan, and the coconut milk, et al . . . .
Arelis on December 01, 2014:
Making this right now but using gluten free bread and coconut milk and all gluten ingredients
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on November 09, 2013:
maria on November 09, 2013:
Thank you, very easy and excellent with the coconut milk
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 27, 2013:
Es un poco dificil, pues usualmente uso pan blanco (en lascas para emparedados). Me parece que las bolsas son de 16oz. Asi que serian menos de 8oz. Es mas facil hacerlo según la consistencia.
jrardo on July 27, 2013:
puede decirme en cantidad de pan en libra o de onzas gracias a mi suegra le encanta
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on July 11, 2013:
Thanks for the comments!
Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on July 10, 2013:
Looks like a simple, but yummy recipe. Thanks.
JR Krishna from India on July 10, 2013:
This is an excellent recipe.
Seems like it is easy
I will definitely try this
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on June 24, 2013:
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2013:
This looks so delicious. I definitely will be trying it. Up, useful and interesting.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on June 20, 2013:
I hope you like it. Thanks!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2013:
One of my very favorites is bread pudding. Oh, this sounds so easy and delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the recipe. Voted and sharing.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on June 14, 2013:
Thanks, Claudia! I hope you try it (and like it).
Claudia Tello from Mexico on June 14, 2013:
What an easy to make recipe and it look very nice too. I would like to try it one of these days.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on June 03, 2013:
It is really easy and so good. Thanks!
Mazlan A from Malaysia on June 03, 2013:
This looks easy and delicious. I will ask my daughter to try them. Thanks for sharing.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on May 10, 2013:
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IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on May 02, 2013:
Glad to bring you back good memories. Thanks!
Angel Caleb Santos from Hampton Roads, Virginia on May 02, 2013:
I like it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish. Its' been years since I've had one of those.
IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on May 01, 2013:
Thank you, nArchuleta! It is good.
Thief, you have to do a list. LOL
Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on May 01, 2013:
This tastes delicious. Wish I could eat some right now :-D
Nadia Archuleta from Denver, Colorado on May 01, 2013:
Sounds delicious -- looks yummy, too!