Classic Torrijas Recipe: A Traditional Spanish Dessert You Need to Try
Indulge in a delicious and humble traditional dessert this Easter with Torrijas. This classic Spanish recipe features a slice of stale bread soaked in infused milk, dipped in egg, and fried until golden brown.
There are several ways to make Torrijas; in some regions, they use wine or anise syrup to soak the bread. While variations exist across different regions, this version is likely the most widespread across Spain and Europe, with a similar dish found in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Legend says that Torrijas in Spain were made for the first time in the 16th century to help a woman recover after childbirth. Today, this easy-to-make dessert is a staple in Spanish homes during Easter. Once you try it, you won't be able to resist its sweet, comforting flavour.
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients 8 Torrijas
- 1/2 kg / 1.1 lb / 17.6 oz bread or brioche bread
- 600 ml / 2,1 cups milk
- 4 eggs
- Lemon zest
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- A hint of vanilla
- 100 g / 0.2 lb / 3.5 oz sugar
- 1 star anise
- 400 ml / 1,4 cups vegetable oil (sunflower oil)
- 2 tbsp honey
- Start by preparing the milk in which we will soak the stale bread. Mix the milk, sugar, lemon zest, anise, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat, and just before it starts to boil, turn off the heat and let it cool.
- Strain the milk and pour it into a deep container to soak the bread.
- Cut the brioche bread into slices, giving a slight angle to the cut so that they end up in this shape.
- Dip each slice into the prepared milk for about 5 seconds on each side. The bread should absorb the milk but not too much, as it can break when handling it in the following steps of the recipe.
- Carefully remove the bread from the milk, drain it, and dip it in the beaten eggs on both sides.
- Fry it in hot sunflower oil until golden brown on both sides.
- As with almost all fried foods, the oil must be hot enough so that the Torrija does not absorb too much oil.
- The ideal temperature for frying would be around 175 degrees / 347 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the torrijas from the pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
- Serve with honey or sprinkled sugar.
- For a modern twist, try caramelizing the top with a torch and serving it with vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make dessert with your loved ones during Easter.