Looking for a simple, flavorful dessert the whole family will enjoy? Try one of our family favorites: budín, Costa Rican bread pudding. This version of bread pudding is delicious and easy to put together – even the kids can help!
Costa Rican Bread Pudding: Budín
3 loaves of week old French bread*
1 liter of milk (just over 1 quart)
1/2 c sugar
2 t vanilla
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 stick melted butter (1/2 c)
*Note: Traditionally stale bread is used; however, my sister-in-law told us that often they prefer to use fresh bread because it is softer. Try it both ways and see which you like better!
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Break bread into small pieces (about the size of a grape) in a large mixing bowl then add the remaining ingredients except for about a 1/4 of the can of condensed milk.
Mix well then pour into a large baking dish. (How large really depends on how thick you want the final mixture to be. We made ours about 2 inches deep. Keep in mind that if you go for a thicker bread pudding, this may affect the baking time).
Bake for 25-30 minutes, then drizzle with the reserved condensed milk and bake for a few minutes more, until golden.
I like budín straight out of the oven, but Costa Ricans agree it is best served cold!