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Budín de Pan (Bread Pudding)

Budín de Pan is a tender, creamy bread pudding with crunchy edges. Spiced with cinnamon, clove, and soaked in caramel sauce. The combination is pure comfort food!

Dessert place with slice of budin de pan

Budín de Pan

This is one of my favorite Puerto Rican desserts! Budín is also popular in other Hispanic cultures, such as Mexican and Dominican cuisine.

You’ll often find delicious flavor variations such as pumpkin or coconut as well!

I also have a recipe for American-style classic bread pudding. This one is richer with a white chocolate glaze and doesn’t have any of the spices.

Budín is very easy to make, but there are three components you need to prepare. It helps if you’re organized in advance.

Also, for the perfect budín you’ll need to make this the day before. It tastes even better after it’s had a chance to meld in the refrigerator overnight!

Plate with unmolded budin de pan

Step 1: get your pans ready

To ensure the budín cooks evenly and is nice and creamy inside, it needs to cook in a water bath (baño de maria).

You’ll put the budín dish inside a larger dish and then fill up the larger pan with hot water.

Baking dish with custard soaked bread for budin de pan

Step 2: make the budín de pan

Using day old (or older) bread is best. If the bread is dry it can soak up more of the custard mixture.

French bread or pan de agua is typical for budín. You can also use white bread or any bread or buns you want to use up.

If you want a super smooth bread pudding you can remove the crusts. It’s personal preference; I leave them on.

Raisins are usually part of traditional budín, but I do not like them so I leave them out. If I’m cooking this for a crowd, I always add them.

Baking dish with caramel sauce for budin de pan

Step 3: prepare the caramel

This syrup is just like making caramel for a flan de coco. It goes in the bottom of the pan and the bottom gets caramelized like pineapple upside down cake.

It’s simple to make with water and sugar. I like to infuse mine with whole cloves for extra flavor!

While easy to prepare, it needs to be watched at all times since it can quickly go from golden amber to burnt black in seconds.

For this reason, I prefer the microwave method, which is listed below. Check out the instructions in my flan de queso recipe if you want to prepare on the stovetop.

Dessert place with slice of budin de pan

If you do not want caramel sauce, you can omit this step. The budín can be cooked without it and tastes delicious “plain.”

Or, top with ice cream, whipped cream, jarred caramel sauce or a drizzle of honey.

These are the three components of the best budín de pan.

The caramel goes in the bottom of the dish, the bread pudding goes over the caramel. The whole dessert is cooked in a water bath.

You’ll then need to cool the budín before refrigerating. You can dig in right away, but it tastes even better if it has a chance to chill.

It’s best served at room temperature or warmed up a little, so there’s a lot of waiting around before it can be devoured.

However, most of the time spent is not active, hands on time, so you can be doing other things.

I promise it’s worth the wait!

Dessert place with slice of budin de pan

Budín de Pan (Bread Pudding)

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Budin de Pan - this creamy bread pudding is spiced with cinnamon, cloves and soaked with a caramelized sugar syrup!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb French bread, cut into 1-in cubes
  • 2 can (12oz each) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)

for the sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 20 whole cloves (optional)

Instructions

Prepare baño de maria (water bath):

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. You will need a baking dish for the bread pudding. You can use a 13x9 pan, 12-inch round or anything similar.
  3. You will also need a larger roasting pan that can hold the pudding pan along with water for the "bath." Set the pans aside.

Bread pudding:

  1. In a large bowl whisk together evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and raisins (if using). Mix in bread and let soak for at least 10 minutes, until thoroughly saturated.

Caramel sauce:

  1. In a microwave safe dish (such as a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup) combine the sugar, water and cloves (if using). Start with 4 minutes and microwave until sugar begins to melt, bubble and turn a light amber color.
  2. Add additional time in 30 second increments until a deep caramel color is achieved. Be careful after it begins to darken since it can burn easily.
  3. Strain out the cloves and quickly pour the caramel into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. CAUTION: Use an oven mitt or towel when handling since the pan will be hot.

Assembly:

  1. Let caramel cool before adding bread pudding mixture to the
    dish. Place pudding dish in the larger dish and fill the large dish with hot
    water that comes halfway up the side of the smaller pan.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean when done. If not, continue cooking and checking for doneness.
  3. Remove budín from water bath and let cool to room temperature. For best results, refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight to set and develop flavor. Bring to room temperature before turning over on a tray and unmolding.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 374mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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