Torrijas (Spanish Style French Toast)

I recently learnt about torrijas, which is a Spanish style French toast.

French toast isn’t my go to, I will always prefer waffles or pancakes…BUT I LOVE TORRIJAS.

They’re so soft, so moist, so jiggly, so easy to make and the flavour is amazing.

7 torrijas on a plate.

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Difference between Spanish style French toast and regular French toast

So from what I have seen, there are a few differences.

The first difference is the type of bread.

For this recipe I’m using a baguettes, but any kind of crusty bread works.

I have never seen French toast being made with a crusty bread. I typically see it being made with bread like brioche, challah or a regular white bread.

I might be completely wrong in saying this though, maybe people do make French toast with crusty bread, I could be wrong.

But one difference I am sure about is that Spanish style French toast is soaked in a milk mixture first.

Soaking the bread in this milk mixture, before dipping it in egg, makes the bread so much more softer and it adds a lot of flavour.

Then the last difference is that Spanish style French toast is coated in cinnamon sugar after it has been cooked. Which adds a lot of flavour and a little extra sweetness.

A close up of the torrijas on a plate.

The bread

The first step in making these is to get your bread ready.

Like I said, I used baguette for this, but you can use whatever kind of crusty French loaf you want to use.

It is best to use stale bread. Stale bread will soak up the milk mixture much better.

You just want to cut your bread into slices.

I recommend cutting thick slices, just so that the milk mixture has something to soak into.

The bread slices on a wooden chopping board.

The milk mixture

Here’s what you are going to need for the milk mixture:

  • Milk – whole milk is going to give you the best flavour.
  • Granulated sugar – caster sugar works too.
  • Vanilla extract – for flavour.
  • Cinnamon – also for flavour.
  • Cardamom – again, also for flavour. This is not typically used in torrijas, but I added it for a little South Asian twist. You can leave it out though.

All you need to do is heat all of this together, just until the mixture comes to a boil.

Soaking the bread

We are going to soak our bread slices into this.

You want to soak them long enough so they are…soaked.

Let me explain.

You want the bread slices to be fully saturated in the milk. But you don’t want to soak them so much that they start falling apart.

So fully saturated, but they should still hold their shape.

The ingredients needed for the milk mixture.

Cooking the torrijas

Once we have soaked the bread slices in the milk, we are going to dip the soaked slices into some beaten eggs, and then we can cook them.

Cooking them is super easy, we’re just cooking them the way we would cook any kind of French toast.

So just heat some butter or oil in a pan, then cook them until they are golden brown on both sides.

Then whiles they are warm, coat them in some cinnamon sugar, then it is time to dig in!

The torrijas after being coated in cinnamon sugar, on a wire rack.

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Torrijas (Spanish Style French Toast)

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Ingredients

  • 10 thick baguette slices (stale bread is best to use)

  • 800 ml whole milk

  • 100 g granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cinnamon stick

  • 8 cardamon pods (optional)

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 200 g granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a pot, add the milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Slightly break open your cardamon pods so the seeds are exposed, add this into your pot too.
  • Place this onto medium heat and heat just until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Take this off the heat and soak your bread slices into this, you want your bread to be fully soaked. Leave these on a tray.
  • Add some butter or oil into a pan and place this onto medium heat.
  • Get one of your bread slices and dip this into your beaten egg, then place this into your pan.
  • Repeat this with your other bread slices.
  • Cook your bread until both sides are golden brown.
  • In a bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix these together.
  • Whiles your torrijas are warm, dip these into the cinnamon sugar, then you can enjoy!
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