740. Curaçao Bread Pudding

Irela Girigori-Panneflek writes: “I’d  like to contribute by adding the ‘boyo or bolo di pan’ (Curaçao’s version of bread pudding), a delicious treat form the Curaçao kitchen. Made with bread, milk, eggs, raisins or small chopped prunes and sometimes with crystallized fruits, but I prefer it without the fruit. It’s sold at many bakeries on the island, but Panaderia Victoria in Buena Vista makes my favorite boyo di pan!”

A quick Google search for the word ‘boyo’ and you’ll stumble upon Gil Marks’ Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, “Sephardim generally made bread – for much of history an arduous, time-consuming process – only twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays. After a few days, the bread would become stale and innovative cooks would seek new ways to utilize it as nothing was wasted. A favorite of these methods was to soak dry bread in water or milk (…) bollos de pan or boyo.” Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Irela included the Boyo di Pan recipe from Recipes from the Jewish Kitchens of Curaçao, compiled by the Sisterhood of Mikvé Israel – Emanuel (2006).



1 loaf (mature) white bread (20 slices)

4 eggs, beaten

3 cups milk

2 cups sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter (or margarine), melted

1/2 cup raisins (or cut up prunes) (optional: soak in liqueur for 1 day)

1/4 cup crystallized chopped fruit (or can fruit cocktail)

4 tablespoons orange marmalade (optional)


Soak bread in milk and mash with fork. Add the remaining ingredients then mix well with wooden spoon.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until firm and nice in color in either a buttered form or two 8″ pans. Remove cake from the oven and let cool completely in pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Serves 12.

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!


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