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Leche frita recipe

Leche Frita Recipe

Melissa Haun
Try this classic Spanish dessert recipe for a tasty, traditional treat!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 12 servings
Calories 198.19 kcal


  • 4 cups of whole milk 950 ml
  • 3 1/2 Tbs of cornstarch 25 g
  • 7 Tbs of flour 50 g
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar 100 g
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2.5 ml
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil 120 ml
  • 2 eggs
  • Sugar and powdered cinnamon to garnish


  • Whisk together the cornstarch, sugar, and half of the flour.
  • Add 1 cup of milk and combine. Set aside.
  • Heat the remaining milk over medium-low heat in a large saucepan until it starts to bubble.
  • Remove from heat and add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel, and vanilla. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Gradually strain the milk from the saucepan into the mixture from the first step, and stir until combined.
  • Return to saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens considerably (at least 15 minutes).
  • Oil a large baking dish and pour the mixture into it. It should be about 3/4 inch (2 cm) deep.
  • Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper so that it's resting on the surface of the mixture, and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours (overnight if possible) until it has solidified.
  • Turn the cooled mixture out of the pan and cut into small squares.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, at a depth of about 1/4 inch (1/2 cm)
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Put the remaining flour in another bowl.
  • Dip each piece in the beaten eggs and then the flour, to form a light coating.
  • Fry in the oil for about one minute on each side, until the coating turns golden.
  • Let cool on a paper towel, then roll in sugar and cinnamon.
  • Serve fresh or at room temperature, ideally with ice cream!


The most important part of this recipe is making sure that the mixture thickens enough to solidify in the fridge. If it doesn't, you won't be able to fry it without it falling apart. So plan ahead, take your time when heating it on the stove, and refrigerate it for as long as possible!


Calories: 198.19kcalCarbohydrates: 18.09gProtein: 3.96gFat: 12.39gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35.41mgSodium: 46.02mgPotassium: 122.16mgFiber: 0.35gSugar: 12.51gVitamin A: 171.36IUVitamin C: 0.65mgCalcium: 98.94mgIron: 0.43mg
Keyword fried milk, Leche Frita, milk dessert
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