For today’s recipe, we will be making a traditional Dominican bread pudding from scratch. This recipe is incredibly easy, contains a few basic ingredients, and is loaded with delicious flavors.
You can also play around with the spices you add, the textures you create, and the number of raisins you want to incorporate.
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WHAT IS PUDIN DE PAN?
Also known as Dominican bread pudding, this Pudín de Pan contains pretty much the same ingredients as the “best-known” plain version.
But, what makes a Dominican bread pudding special is the ingredients, the way you can make it, and the way it is baked.
First, this bread pudding contains cinnamon and condensed milk. Then, you can blend it together to create a pudding-like texture.
And finally, this pudding is baked in a water bath inside your oven. Most other bread puddings are simply baked with dry heat.
This delicious dessert is very simple to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
Bread: You can use any type of sturdy white bread. I used Baguette because I always have them at home.
Eggs: You need them to bind everything together
Milk: I used whole milk, but you can use any type of milk you have on hand.
Cinnamon: This is a must, in my opinion as it gives the pudding that cozy flavor we all love.
Condensed milk: This is what makes the pudding extra creamy, so don’t skip it.
Raisins: I love raisins in my bread pudding because they give a natural sweetness to the pudding but you could omit them if you’d like.
Cinnamon: This is a common spice used in many Dominican dishes. It gives this recipe a unique flavor.
Condensed milk: Is used for sweetness and to create a creamy consistency.
Butter: Butter gives the pudding an extra rich flavor.
Sugar: This is used for the caramel that goes on top of the pudding.
Water: Is used to create the water bath that the pudding will be baked in.
How to Make Pudín de Pan
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees °F (190 °C).
Make the caramel and pour it into an ungreased 9×13-inch baking dish and let it cool.
Cut the bread into small cubes and add them to a bowl.
Add the milk and let the bread soak up the milk for 20 minutes.
Then, transfer the soaked bread to a blender and add the eggs, cinnamon, condensed milk, and vanilla and blend everything until fully combined.
Pour the mixture into a caramelized baking dish and drop a few raisins in it if you like. Put the dish inside a bigger baking dish.
Pour hot water into the larger dish, being careful not to get any water inside the pudding mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Let the dish sit out of the oven until it reaches room temperature before serving.
Variations of Bread Pudding
There are two main variations for this recipe. The first has to do with the texture of the pudding and the second with the spices used.
My Dominican bread pudding recipe is made to have a flan-like texture. However, you can easily add some texture by not blending the soaked bread with the other ingredients (the custard).
The best method to use for a more textured bread pudding is to remove the chunks of soaked bread. Any leftover milk can be placed into the blender with the other ingredients.
Then, place the bread into the caramelized sugar-lined bundt pan. Cover it with your custard and top these with some raisins.
Now, when it comes to the spices used for bread pudding, I’ve only incorporated cinnamon, as most traditional Dominican bread puddings do.
However, you can create a Budin-like flavor profile. Budin is a Puerto Rican bread pudding that often contains a lot more spices. These can include cloves, anise seed, nutmeg, allspice, and fennel.
This part is up to your personal preference. Many people don’t like heavily spiced puddings, which is what makes this cinnamon bread pudding great.
Tips and Tricks for Making Bread Pudding from the Dominican Republic
- When making the caramelized sugar syrup, don’t stir the sugar or swirl the saucepan to help the sugar melt faster. This will agitate the sugar crystals. That will in turn cause the sugar to crystalize and become unusable. It’s best to use low heat, sprinkle the sugar in a thin and even layer, and leave it to do its own thing. Only once all of the sugar has melted can you give it a swirl to evenly distribute the color.
- The raisins in this recipe are completely optional. If you want the raisins to float in the batter and not all sink to the top (the sugar layer), coat them with flour.
- You have to leave this pudding to bake, cool, and set like a cheesecake. It takes time but if you don’t do it properly, it can sink in, crack, or get stuck inside the pan.
WHAT BREAD SHOULD YOU USE FOR DOMINICAN BREAD PUDDING?
Any soft bread that can absorb a ton of flavor will work. The bread shouldn’t be very dense, like rye or pumpernickel bread. I like using baguette, sourdough, a farm loaf, or even ciabatta.
HOW LONG WILL HOMEMADE BREAD PUDDING LAST?
If you store it inside the fridge, the pudding will last up to a week. The longer it is left uneaten, the less tasty it will be. So, eat it as soon as you can. You can also freeze this pudding for up to 3 months. Leave it to thaw slowly inside the fridge before serving it.
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Easy Dominican Bread Pudding Recipe With Hearty Flavors
- 3.5-4 Cups Baguette / 200g Baguette
- 3 cups whole milk, lukewarm
- 1 cup leche condensada (condensed milk)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fine salt
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup raisins, optional
Make the bread pudding mixture
- Cut your baguette into large chunks. Combine it with the lukewarm milk in a large mixing bowl. Leave it to soak for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the condensed milk, eggs, melted butter, and seasoning ingredients in a blender. Don't add the raisins.
- Once the bread has soaked, add it to the blender as well.
- Pulse the ingredients until you have a uniform smooth pudding base. Set it aside.
Make the caramel
- Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC). Spray a bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- Place the sugar inside a medium saucepan. Then, place it over medium-low heat. Allow the sugar to melt slowly until it starts getting some color.
- Leave the sugar to caramelize until it reaches a light amber color. Remove the sugar from the heat and leave it to cool slightly.
Assemble the Dominican bread pudding
- Pour the caramelized sugar syrup into the base of your bundt pan. Swirl the pan to ensure the sugar syrup coats the entire surface. The layer shouldn't be very thick.
- Sprinkle half of the raisins over the sugar layer.
- Top the sugar and raisins with the bread pudding mixture. Make sure that it is smooth at the top.
- Sprinkle the remaining raisins over the top of the pudding.
Bake the pudding
- Prepare a water bath inside your oven. Fill a large tray with boiling water. It should be enough to cover half of the bundt cake pan.
- Add the filled bundt cake pan to the water bath. Make sure that the water cannot get into the pan.
- Leave the bread pudding to bake for about 1 hour. A toothpick should come out completely clean when you test the center of the pudding.
- Remove the pudding from the oven and leave it to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
- Finally, wrap the entire pudding with plastic or saran wrap. Allow the pudding to set inside the fridge for about 4 hours.
Unmold the Dominican bread pudding
- To unmold this dessert, place the bottom of the pan in warm water for 5 minutes. This will help "melt" the hardened caramelized sugar layer.
- Run the blade of a thin flat knife around the edges of the bundt pan.
- Invert the pan directly onto a serving board or stand. Hold both the pan and stand tightly and turn it quickly.
- You may need to give the bundt pan a couple of shakes to help the pudding slide out.