Heavenly Bread Pudding Recipe: A Crowd-Pleaser!

Howdy there, y’all! If you’re in the mood for something sweet and downright delicious, then this sopa bread pudding recipe is just what you need. Trust me, every cook needs three great desserts up their sleeve, and this new Mexican bread pudding is sure to become a favorite.

As a chef who specializes in Brazilian and American cuisine, let me tell you, this sopa bread pudding is one of the most mouth-watering desserts I have ever tasted. With its rich flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and bourbon sauce combined with the soft texture of Spanish bread, every bite is simply delightful.

What’s great about this recipe is that it can be customized to your liking. Want a bit more sweetness? Add some pineapple or piloncillo. Don’t eat animal products? Vegan bread works perfectly fine. The possibilities are endless with sopa bread pudding.

So if you’re ready to take your taste buds on a delightful adventure, let’s get started with this recipe. And let me tell you right now: once you try this sopa bread pudding, it will become a staple in your dessert rotation.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sopa (Bread Pudding)
Sopa (Bread Pudding)

Dear culinary connoisseurs,

As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I always strive to offer my guests the very best dining experience. When it comes to desserts, there’s one recipe that never fails to impress: Sopa (Bread Pudding) Recipe. Allow me to convince you why this recipe is a must-have in your culinary arsenal.

Firstly, this pudding recipe is an absolute breeze to make! With ingredients that are easily accessible from your local grocery store, you can whip up a batch of warm and comforting bread pudding in no time. All you need is some Mexican bread, raisins, and peanuts, vanilla, ground cinnamon, margarine or butter, water, and sugar. It’s a pudding made with just the right balance of flavor and texture that’s sure to delight your taste buds.

Secondly, this Sopa Bread Pudding recipe is versatile and customizable. If you’re looking for substitutions, try cheddar cheese or piñon nuts instead of peanuts. You can also switch up the spices by adding nutmeg or using only ground cinnamon. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of white bread too – or even vegan bread for a healthier version!

Lastly, this recipe has historical and cultural roots that make it all the more special. From the Mexican Capirotada Bread Pudding to the New Mexican Bourbon Bread Pudding or Sopa Baracha Bourbon Bread Pudding recipes – each has its own unique history and tradition behind it. Adding this family favorite dessert to your repertoire is an excellent way to experience cultural diversity through our senses.

In conclusion, this Sopa Spanish Bread Pudding recipe is perfect for every cook who needs three great desserts in their life. It’s simple yet versatile, customizable, and rich in history and culture that will get your guests talking about your epic culinary skills.


Chef Eric

Ingredient List

“Indulge in the heavenly goodness of warm and fluffy bread pudding.”

Let’s Get Cookin’!

Before we start creating this delicious Sopa (bread pudding) recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to have on hand:

Bread Pudding:

  • 12 slices of Mexican bread (or any white bread)
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of piñon nuts
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of margarine or butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 and 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of bourbon (optional)
  • A small piece of pineapple for decoration purposes

Bourbon Sauce:

  • 1 lb. of piloncillo (or brown sugar)
  • 3 bananas, mashed into a puree
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

With these ingredients, you can create a decadent Sopa that everyone will love. In the next section, I will guide you through the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

“Every spoonful of sopa is like a warm embrace on a chilly day.”

Now that all the ingredients are ready, let’s start making this delectable Sopa Bread Pudding recipe.

Step 1: Prepare the Bread

Begin by cutting 12 slices of white bread into medium cubes.

Step 2: Toast the Bread

Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and lightly toast them in the oven until they are crispy, for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Prepare Raisins and Piñon Nuts

While the bread is toasting, take out a saucepan and fill it with 2 cups of water. Add 1 cup of raisins and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Drain excess water from the raisins and set them aside. Roast 1 cup of piñon nuts in a frying pan over low heat for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Prepare the Pudding Mixture

In a separate saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons of margarine or butter over low heat. Add 1 ¼ cups sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and pinch of nutmeg; combine well. Pour in the drained raisins mixture, roasted piñon nuts, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to add depth to the flavor.

Step 5: Assemble the Pudding

Take out an oven-safe dish and coat it with margarine or butter to prevent sticking. Arrange half of your toasted bread at the bottom of your dish. Spread half of your pudding mixture over it evenly. Repeat by layering it with another half of bread on top and pour over remaining pudding mixture until everything is covered.

Step 6: Bake Sopa Bread Pudding

Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the top layer is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Take it out of the oven and let it cool.

Step 7: Serve!

This scrumptious Sopa Bread Pudding can be enjoyed with tea or coffee. It can also be served with scoops of ice cream on top or drizzled with Butterscotch Sauce and pineapple chunks for a sweeter taste.

With this easy recipe, anyone can become a professional pudding chef!

Substitutions and Variations

“Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with this classic Brazilian dessert.”

Well, well, well, if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand or simply want to add a little twist to the classic recipe, I have got you covered. Let’s get creative with some delicious substitutions and variations, shall we?

Firstly, let’s talk about the bread. Traditionally, sopa is made with Mexican bread or bolillo, but you can easily substitute it for any kind of white bread you’ve got at home, including vegan bread or even banana bread! Just make sure it’s a day old and slightly dry.

Now, let’s spice things up! If you’re a cinnamon fanatic like me, try adding a little extra cinnamon or even a touch of nutmeg to your pudding for an extra burst of flavor. And if you’re feeling bold, swap out the raisins for dried cranberries or apricots.

But wait, there’s more! For my fellow cheese lovers out there, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top of your pudding before baking for an ooey-gooey experience. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, add a handful of chopped peanuts to give your sopa an extra delicious crunch.

And don’t forget about the sauce! Instead of using the classic bourbon sauce, try mixing it up with a pineapple or butterscotch sauce.

The possibilities are endless. With these substitutions and variations, you can make your sopa uniquely yours and create a flavor explosion that nobody will forget. So go ahead and be daring – every cook needs to have their own spin on recipes like this one.

Serving and Pairing

“A perfect combination of bread, milk, and sugar in every bite.”

Now that you have your hot and delicious sopa bread pudding ready, how do you serve it best? Well, I have a few suggestions that can elevate your dessert game.

First and foremost, I recommend dishing out the sopa with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The contrast in temperature and texture is heavenly. Alternatively, you can use whipped cream or even peanut butter to add a nutty flavor.

For those craving a bit more savory notes in their dessert, grate some cheddar cheese over the top of your sopa bread pudding. The combination of the rich bread pudding with the sharp and tangy cheese is mouth-watering.

If you want to pair your sopa with a beverage, I suggest trying it with a cup of coffee or espresso-based drink like cappuccino or latte. The bitter coffee tones complement the sweet pudding perfectly.

For an adult-friendly variation, serve it with a shot of bourbon on the side. It’s especially enjoyable on cold nights.

You can also play around with sopa variations by adding fruits like pineapple or banana bread. You can even treat it like a breakfast meal by incorporating some pecans and butterscotch sauce.

Overall, the options for serving and pairing are endless when it comes to this versatile Mexican dessert. Feel free to get creative and experiment to discover your own favorite combination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Sopa: a comforting treat for your taste buds and soul.”

Now that you’ve made this delicious sopa bread pudding recipe, you might wonder what to do with the leftovers. Fear not, for I have some tips for you!

If you plan ahead and want to make it in advance, this dessert can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. Once it’s cooled down to room temperature, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator.

To reheat the sopa bread pudding, I recommend using an oven-safe dish and placing it inside a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C). Reheat it uncovered for about 15-20 minutes until warmed through. If you prefer individual servings, use a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 1-2 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave) until the dessert is heated through.

Remember that it’s best to store the sauce separately from the bread pudding if possible. This will help keep the bread pudding moist and prevent it from becoming soggy.

Another tip is to avoid freezing this dessert as it may not hold up well after thawing. If you must freeze leftovers, be aware that the texture may change and may not be as tasty as when served fresh.

And finally, if by some miracle you’re left wondering what to do with a large amount of leftover sopa bread pudding, consider turning it into a breakfast dish! Yes, that’s right. You can reheat a slice in the oven or microwave and serve it with your favorite toppings like maple syrup or fresh fruit. Trust me; it makes for a lovely morning treat.

With these tricks in mind, now you can enjoy your sopa bread pudding any time of day and ensure that none of it goes to waste.

Tips for Perfect Results

“A simple and delicious recipe that will become a family favorite.”

Now, I know you may think making sopa is easy peasy lemon squeezy, but trust me friend, there are a few tips and tricks that’ll take your bread pudding from good to grandiose.

First tip: use day-old bread. That fresh fluffy stuff won’t soak up the custard as much as stale bread would. So, let that loaf sit out overnight before using it for your sopa.

Second tip: don’t skimp on the cinnamon. I mean, really, can you ever have too much cinnamon? I didn’t think so. So be generous with it and take the flavor to the next level.

Third tip: soak your raisins in water before adding them to the mixture. This will prevent them from drying out and becoming hard little pebbles in your sopa. Trust me, no one wants that.

Fourth tip: make sure you evenly distribute all of the ingredients throughout the bread mixture. You want a perfect balance of sweetness and texture in every bite.

Fifth tip: when baking your sopa, cover it with foil for the first 20-30 minutes to prevent the top from over-browning while the inside is still uncooked. Then, remove the foil for a perfectly golden-brown crust.

Sixth tip: let your sopa cool down before serving it. This will help it settle and become firmer.

Seventh tip (a bonus for my fellow peanut lovers): add chopped peanuts to the mix for some extra crunchiness and nutty flavor.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to impress even the pickiest of eaters with your homemade sopa!

Bottom Line

Now that you know my recipe for Sopa (Bread Pudding), I hope you’ll give it a try. Whether you choose to make Capirotada Mexican, Bourbon Bread Pudding, or Sopa Baracha Bourbon, you can’t go wrong with this dessert. It’s a classic Mexican dish that I’ve added my own twist to, and I’m sure it will be a hit with your friends and family.

But don’t take my word for it – give it a try yourself! Every cook needs three great desserts in their arsenal, and this bread pudding recipe should be one of them. With its warm vanilla flavor, delicious bread texture, and crunchy toppings like peanuts and raisins, it’s sure to become a favorite.

And if you’re looking for substitutions or variations on the recipe, don’t be afraid to experiment! Try using different types of nuts or breads. Or swap out the Cheddar cheese for another type of cheese. And if you’re looking for a vegan option, try using vegan bread and butterscotch sauce.

In conclusion, this Sopa (Bread Pudding) recipe is perfect for any occasion – whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a comforting dessert. So give it a try and let me know what you think! As Chef Eric, I can say with confidence that this pudding recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave your taste buds happy.

Sopa (Bread Pudding)

Sopa (Bread Pudding) Recipe

I made this recipe Xmas 1996 and got great feedback. Taken from BHG Dec 1994. Guessing at prep time.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 297.4 kcal


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons margarine or 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 cups toasted & cubed white bread
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • whipped cream (optional)


  • Place sugar in 3 qt heavy saucepan.
  • Cook over med-high heat, without stirring, till sugar starts to melt.
  • Reduce heat to low; cook til sugar is golden brown, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Carefully add the 2 1/2 cups water (it will splatter) Return saucepan to heat.
  • Bring to boiling, stirring to melt hardened lumps.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in margarine or butter, cinnamon, and vanilla In a 3 qt rectangular baking dish layer half of the bread cubes.
  • Sprinkle half of the cheese and all of the raisins over bread cubes.
  • Top with the remaining bread cubes, remaining cheese, and nuts.
  • Pour caramelized sugar mixture over all.
  • Bake uncovered, in a 350F oven for 30 minutes or til top is golden and syrup is absorbed.
  • Serve Sopa warm with whipped cream.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 121gCalories: 297.4kcalCarbohydrates: 42.6gProtein: 6.6gFat: 11.9gSaturated Fat: 4.2gCholesterol: 14.8mgSodium: 288.9mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 30.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cheese, Dessert, For Large Groups, Mexican, Oven, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.