Every country seems to have their own version of a bread pudding. This one is a traditional version from Costa Rica and often appears on the menu at Christmas.



1 loaf of a 2-day old French baguette, sliced
2 ½ cups of sugar
3 cups of milk
1 cup water
1 cube butter
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract



  1. Butter bread slices from both sides and place them in a buttered oven-safe glass dish.
  2. Heat 2 cups sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is golden brown.  Add water and bring it to a boil.  Pour mix over bread slices.
  3. Whisk egg whites in a bowl.  Add egg yolks, one by one.  Add milk, ½ cup sugar, and vanilla extract.  Pour mixture over bread slices.
  4. Bake at 350F (177C) for 40 minutes.  Serve with eggnog.

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