"Tortilla Soup" the Movie, and Belle Melange

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Last night I rewatched a favorite movie titled,“Tortilla Soup”.  I love it because the characters portray their love of food, which I also have. 

This delightful PG 13 rated movie has one of my favorite actors, Hector Elizondo, who played the concierge in “Pretty Woman.”  In this flick he plays a Mexican-American master chef, with three daughters.  After the death of his wife, he has lost his taste for food.  But still manages to cook up some amazing looking dishes.


One of his dishes, with apples and bread, was actually a “rescue” created from a kitchen disaster at his restaurant.  He names it, Belle Melange’ – which translates roughly, to “Lovely Mess.”


Since almost everything is on the internet these days, I googled to see if any recipes were available for the dishes in the movie.  And was happy when I found several.  I slightly adapted one for Belle Melange’,  by adding nutmeg, and dried cranberries, and was pleased with the outcome.  

I hope you enjoy it as well! 


Apple Bread Pudding - Belle Melange’  Lovely Mess






  • 1/2 loaf French bread with crust, cut into small cubes
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 pound cream cheese, chilled and chopped
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Oven needs to be preheated to 350 F.


A Buttered 13x 9 inch glass casserole dish will be needed.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, and add bread cubes.  Stir evenly to coat.

Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake until crisp and lightly brown – about 12 to 15 minutes.  After removing the bread from the oven, increase temperature to 400 degrees. 

In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water.  Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, cream cheese and toasted bread cubes. Drizzle with the sugar syrup and mix to evenly distribute. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.

Bake uncovered, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. 

Then bake without stirring, until the top is golden brown and crusty and the liquid is almost gone – approximately 10 minutes.

Serve warm with whipped cream.


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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good afternoon 

Thank you for sharing your information with us Myrl Jeffcoat 

Have a great day.

March 3, 2019. 

Mar 03, 2019 02:43 PM #1
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That sounds delicious Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 03, 2019 03:21 PM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - That looks like a wonderful recipe.  YUM! I may have to check the movie out. 

Mar 03, 2019 03:22 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- I love Hector Elizondo so I am definitely going to find this movie. and the recipe sounds good and easy to make. 

Mar 03, 2019 06:08 PM #4
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

I maybe snowed in tomorrow and  will give your receipe a try .  Looks like something to share with my neighbors are we  have finished shoveling our.  Thanks

Mar 03, 2019 06:57 PM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I did love the movie and also on the Chinese movie it is based on, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman.

Mar 03, 2019 07:51 PM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Sounds like a evening to remember and thank you for bringing us along Myrl Jeffcoat 

Mar 03, 2019 09:15 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Myrl, for sharing this recipe. I sent it to Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Mar 04, 2019 05:43 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. You always seem to find a way to stay happy and busy. :)

Mar 04, 2019 05:49 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I definitely have not seen that movie, but it sounds interesting for sure.  The belle melange looks delicious!

Mar 04, 2019 06:23 AM #10
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sounds and looks delicious.

Mar 04, 2019 08:20 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Myrl,  I know what the church will get at it next pot luck in the morning.  Thanks for sharing.


Mar 04, 2019 08:22 AM #12
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

It is always great to be able to relax and enjoy our own time. I too enjoy watching movies.

Mar 04, 2019 09:24 AM #13
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Well Myrl, this dessert recip looks fantastic!  I am copying it to try out..many thanks,

Mar 04, 2019 11:40 AM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I have had tortilla soup, but this receipt is very different from the one I had.

Mar 04, 2019 11:42 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, I've saved the recipe and will be making it this weekend for family coming to visit.

Mar 04, 2019 07:33 PM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Myrl- - - I kinda remembered this movie when it was released so a quick Internet search showed a synopsis and the cast.  That cinched it. 

Mar 05, 2019 04:34 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl you tricked me I was expecting a Tortilla Soup Recipe:))Endre

Mar 05, 2019 10:47 PM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my goodness, that looks so delicious, and decadent. As for the movie, we both loved it. 

Mar 07, 2019 12:24 PM #19
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Hector Elizondo played the role of concierge so well! He is a great actor and I haven't seen Tortilla Soup but it sounds delightful!

Your recipe also sounds amazing and something I just have to try! 

Mar 09, 2019 09:00 AM #20
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