Recipes Across the World: Torrijas

Cristina of My Little World of Traveling is right here at present bringing a Spanish deal with to the ‘Recipes Across the World‘ sequence!

Torrijas is one in every of my favourite sweets as a result of it brings me plenty of recollections from the odor of incense within the streets throughout Spanish Easter to my grandma. She’s all the time been my inspiration to prepare dinner since I used to be a child. I used to like watching how she cooked and watching cooking applications together with her.

She’s really the one who taught me easy methods to make the scrumptious torrijas. They appear easy to make, however you want to observe to get the right torrijas.

You will discover them in any native pasteleria (bakery) round Easter. However there’s nothing higher than grandma’s recipe for a tasty deal with year-round.

Málaga, Spain

Cultural Context

It’s believed that torrijas originated through the time of the Romans, however they weren’t linked to the spiritual vacation again then. It’s stated that that they got to girls who simply gave beginning to get better and relieve the ache.

Nevertheless, through the Center Ages, individuals used to eat them throughout Lent in lieu of meat—as bread was substitute to fill them up!

It’s a humble and low cost recipe that many used to eat throughout tough financial instances. It makes use out of outdated bread—so nothing goes to waste. Through the years, many alternative varieties have popped up and now there are tons of the way to make them, from chocolate torrijas to savory ones.


Right here you’re going to be taught my grandma’s conventional torrijas from Málaga, Spain. Let’s prepare dinner!


This recipe serves 4 individuals (eight torrijas, with 2 torrijas per individual); it takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes to make.

  • A loaf of (outdated) bread
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • three eggs
  • Floor cinnamon
  • A cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon pores and skin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Olive oil

Recipe + Preparation

  1. In a pot, boil milk, lemon pores and skin, vanilla extract and the cinnamon stick on medium to excessive warmth. In the meantime, lower the bread into 2cm slices.
  2. Put milk in a deep plate and take away the lemon and cinnamon stick.
  3. Beat three eggs in a bowl.
  4. In a deep pan, put sufficient olive oil to fry on excessive warmth.
  5. Take a few bread slices and put them into the milk. Soak them, however watch out to not break them.
  6. As soon as they’re soaked, put them into the eggs and straight into the pan. The oil ought to be scorching sufficient to fry them. in a few minutes. To know if the torrija is finished, it ought to have a golden coloration.
  7. Place some paper towels on a plate to empty the leftover oil.
  8. Repeat the identical course of with the remainder of the slices.
  9. On a clear plate, add floor cinnamon and sugar, and blend.
  10. Mud the torrijas with the combination and serve!

Ideas and Methods From Grandma

Bread is the important thing ingredient for torrija. A dry bread absorbs the milk higher and that’s why it’s higher to make use of bread from the day earlier than.

As a substitute of utilizing floor cinnamon and sugar, you’ll be able to cowl torrijas with honey. For this, heat up some honey with a little bit of water to create a smoother texture and pour it over torrijas.

Have them with a glass of dessert wine. (Sure, please!)

Remaining Ideas

Meals could make our journey experiences even higher. I encourage you to expertise Spanish Easter and check out the scrumptious torrijas. You gained’t neglect its candy taste. 🙂

When you occur to be in Málaga, my hometown, strive torrijas al vino moscatel. They’re made with the well-known Málaga’s candy wine.

Wish to be taught extra about Spanish meals? Listed here are 10 superb tapas it’s important to order in Spain!