Budin (Puerto Rican Bread Pudding)

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    4 hours 45 min

    Budin is a traditional Puerto Rican bread pudding that is served chilled. When you turn the pudding out of the tin, a luscious caramel sauce forms - much like with creme caramel. Enjoy!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 10 

    • 250ml water
    • 2 (7cm) cinnamon sticks
    • 15 whole cloves
    • 1 teaspoon anise seed
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 (500g) loaf day-old bread
    • 1L evaporated milk
    • 4 eggs
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 50g butter, melted

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:3hr chilling  ›  Ready in:4hr45min 

    1. Bring 250ml of water to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and anise seeds to make an infusion. Cover, and set aside to steep for 15 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons water with 100g sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar completely, but stop stirring once the mixture comes to the boil. Stay near the hob to monitor the colour, swirling the pan gently to redistribute the caramel as the sugar begins to darken. Cook to about 160 degrees C, or until the sugar turns light golden brown, then pour into a large loaf tin. Set aside to allow the caramel to harden.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Remove the crusts from the day-old bread, tear the bread into cubes and place into a large mixing bowl. Strain the spice infusion through a fine mesh sieve to remove the spices. Add to the bread along with the evaporated milk. Stir to evenly moisten and set aside for 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl along with 300g of sugar, the vanilla extract, salt and melted butter. Stir in the moistened bread mixture until evenly mixed. Pour into the loaf tin over the caramel.
    5. Line a roasting tin with a damp tea towel. Place the loaf tin on the towel, inside roasting tin, and place roasting tin on the oven rack. Fill roasting tin with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the loaf tin.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool in the tin for about an hour, then refrigerate until cold, 2 hours more. When ready, invert the budin onto a serving plate. The caramel will have turned to a syrup and will cover the budin like a sauce.
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    It took me back home. I love it! I added 1/2 tsp of fresh ground ginger and 2 of the little boxes of raisins.  -  22 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    34

    This has to be the BEST bread pudding I have ever tasted. Absolutely delicious. I need to improve on my caramel abilities (I cooked it to hard crack stage) but even that did not spoil the dish. Will make this recipe over and over again. mlnordeste  -  27 Jan 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    favorite bread pudding recipe ever. everybody in my family raves about it. you may need to make more caramel sauce than the original calls for; i always do. this recipe makes a lot, and i use two medium-sized, round casserole dishes to make two individual puddings. doing that makes the finished product look like a giant flan; it's really very pretty.  -  23 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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