Torrijas Recipe: Spanish Style French Toast with Cinnamon and Honey - Spanish Sabores

Torrijas Recipe: Spanish Style French Toast with Cinnamon and Honey

This popular Spanish torrijas recipe has gotten me my fair share of compliments throughout the years! There may be as many torrijas recipes as people in Spain, but this one is a keeper.

Torrijas recipe
A typical Spanish Easter recipe: torrijas de leche, miel, y canela

I first heard about torrijas from a student I was teaching my first year in Spain. He was also a food and wine enthusiast (and a professional bartender) and he taught me a lot about Spanish cuisine. I asked him about Spanish Easter traditions other than the important Semana Santa processions, and he told me about some traditional Easter sweets.

What are torrijas?

When I heard French toast and honey I was intrigued. It sounded so good! I soon learned that torrijas are actually made a variety of different ways. Some people use sweet red wine, others use milk, and some add different liquors. Torrijas are often topped with cinnamon and sugar, but others are covered with honey, and some are simply left alone!

Honey Soaked Spanish Torrijas recipe
Honey Soaked Spanish Torrijas recipe. Photo by Tnarik Innael on flickr CC.

Obviously, I started sampling torrijas as soon as possible. In Seville, most of the versions that I tried were thick and sweet, slightly eggy, covered in honey, and always served cold. They were a delicious treat I would enjoy with my afternoon coffee. Here in Madrid I’ve also tried a few torrijas recipes this Easter season, one made with a bit of sweet red wine and another covered with milk and cinnamon. Both were delicious.

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3 different types of torrijas in Seville.

The following is a torrijas recipe I came across on a Spanish recipe blog I often read: Mercado Calabajío. I tried it the other day and the torrijas came out perfectly. I took their suggestion and used some cardamom seeds, which really add something special.

Whether or not you would consider torrijas a Spanish version of French toast isn’t important—these are a delicious snack or dessert either way!

Spanish Torrijas Recipe – Easter French Toast

If you only try one Spanish food this month, make it torrijas! These French toast like treats are typical during the Easter holiday and are hands down one of the best things to eat in Spain in March!

Torrijas: Spanish Style French Toast with Cinnamon and Honey

Lauren Aloise
Torrijas are a delicious Spanish style French toast that is typical around Easter. Here's my favorite torrijas recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 servings
Calories 541.61 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 liter about a quart of whole milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom seeds
  • A thick bar of slightly stale French bread or other, basically what you’d normally use to make a thick French toast

Instructions
 

  • Bring the liter of milk, ½ cup of sugar, lemon peel, and cardamom seeds to a slow boil.
  • Cut the bread in thick slices.
  • When the milk mixture has been cooking for about 15 minutes, turn off the heat and soak the slices of bread in this mixture. Be careful not to completely wet them to the point that they will break apart, but try to get them to absorb as much milk as possible.
  • Let the slices of wet bread rest and cool (some liquid may be lost).
  • Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl and dip the slices in the egg mixture. In the meantime, heat up about ½ an inch of the olive oil in a deep, heavy pan on medium-high heat.
  • Fry the slices two by two, flipping them halfway so that both sides are nice and crisp.
  • Let the French toast rest on paper towels to absorb excess oil. In another bowl mix the remaining sugar (1/2 cup) with the cinnamon.
  • Cover the slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture and reserve.
  • Finally, make the syrup. Take the remaining cinnamon and sugar from coating the torrijas and add it to a medium-sized pot. Add a bit more sugar to completely cover the bottom of the pot if necessary.
  • Add 2 cups of warm water to the sugar and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the honey (you can add more or less depending on preference).
  • Allow the syrup to simmer for about 30 minutes until it reduces to the right consistency. It won’t be a very thick syrup, but it shouldn’t be too watery.
  • Take the syrup off of the heat and after about 15 minutes spoon it over the French toast. The torrijas should be completely soaked in the syrup. Allow them to completely cool before putting them into the refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate the torrijas for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Enjoy within two or three days for best quality! (I doubt they’ll last that long anyway!)

Nutrition

Calories: 541.61kcalCarbohydrates: 88.74gProtein: 16.88gFat: 14.13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 125.79mgSodium: 456.35mgPotassium: 345.81mgFiber: 2.15gSugar: 52.18gVitamin A: 428.4IUVitamin C: 1.29mgCalcium: 240.77mgIron: 3.13mg
Keyword cinnamon french toast, honey french toast, torrijas
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So what do you think—are torrijas a Spanish style French toast or something completely different? If you’ve tried a torrijas recipe, do you prefer them with milk, wine, or honey?

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Torrijas, or Spanish-style French toast, are a popular sweet breakfast or dessert option during the Easter season in Spain. But if you don't want to wait until springtime, no worries. This easy torrijas recipe will show you how to make this authentic typical treat at home! #Spain #desserts

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