Guatemalan Pastries: Bocado de Reina

Guatemalan Pastries: Bocado de Reina by Rudy Girón

We Guatemalans are the best recyclers in the world. That’s what I was trying to convey a couple of weeks ago with the entry Recycling Around Antigua Guatemala where a list some of the ways we recycle in Guatemala.

Well, today I happy to share another way we recycle in Guatemala: Bocado de Reina, a cake made with bread leftovers. But, don´t believe me, I’ll move aside and let Cynthia Rothwell from Guatemalan Genes describe Bocado de Reina and a quick, kids approved, recipe. If you don’t already follow Guatemalan Genes, you should, Cynthia is very good at covering all aspects of the Guatemalan DNA, culture and traditions.

Here’s a bocado of Guatemalan Genes to your tasting:

The Bocado de Reina is a cake made with leftover bread. It is not bread pudding because the consistency is that of a cake. The literally translation Bocado de Reina is “Bite of a Queen” now to really carry the meaning I suggested “Food fit for a queen”, although I couldn’t figure out why a cake made of left overs would be fit for a queen…

RECIPE (Kids approved)

2 cups of crumbled bread
1 can of condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp of cinammon
2 bananas
Raisins (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Bake it at 350F for 45 minutes. Makes one 8inch round cake.

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  • sjbj

    love Cynthia’s blog. We made this a few months ago–a bit hit with son’s kindergarten class. yummy and very easy

    • Hi SJBJ, it’s good to know you have recycled bread leftovers as well and the kids liked your bocado de reina. 😉

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I once asked an older Guatemalan woman how to make Bocado de Reina. She looked at me like I was “impaired” and said, “Es puro pan dulce…” I don’t know how to make that either but I was too embarrassed to tell her!

  • Cynthia Guerra

    Rudy, thanks for the reference to my blog, I just saw it! I want to let you know that after a 3 year drought of inspiration to write (that involved changing my name back to Cynthia Guerra…) I am back writing, YEAH!

    • Thanks Cynthia for the follow up. I am sorry to hear about your drought and the reasons that caused. I am glad you’re back and I will reference some of your new posts in the near future. Abrazos fuertes.