Monday, May 15, 2017

Spanish Recipe: Torrijas

The week before Semana Santa, Serafina's class made torrijas which surprisingly I had never heard of before.... then during Semana Santa in my Spanish class, torrijas were brought up again -- I decided we should probably experience this Spanish dish, especially since they are traditionally eaten during Semana Santa.

I obviously turned to Google to help me find a recipe and I was surprised by the very different variations for something that is fairly simple -- so I decided to go with what I learned from Serafina's school, my Spanish class and Google and make up my own recipe (which isn't too out of the ordinary since I am not one to follow recipes anyways)!

So here you go -- my version of Spanish Torrijas

1 loaf of slightly stale sliced bread -- so here in Spain, they make specific torrijas bread that is only sold during Semana Santa, but a good sliced loaf will do
4 cups of milk
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 cinnamon sticks
zest of one large orange
4 eggs
oil for frying -- here in Spain people use sunflower or olive oil, but I used canola oil
extra sugar (and cinnamon if you want) [optional]

1) combine milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks and orange zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil -- remove the pan from the heat once it it boiling for a few minutes and let it cool and the flavors infuse
2) beat the eggs in a plate or bowl (large enough to hold one slice of bread)
3) dip bread slices into the milk then place into a pan to let them rest for about 5-15 minutes
4) heat your frying oil in a large pan to medium heat
5) dip the bread into the egg then transfer to the oil -- I used tongs and a spatula since the bread was soft
6) fry on each side until crispy (about 2-3 minutes per side)
7) transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil
8) sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if you want then ENJOY!

As you can see, it is basically fried French Toast and it is AMAZING!  While a little time intensive, this dish has been added to our Easter traditions for sure!  I have no pictures of our amazingly lazy Easter breakfast, but I do have an adorable picture of the Peanut making torrijas at school:

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