Torrijas

Three pound cantaloupe

I have been thinking about making another version of eggy bread all week. When the weekend finally arrived I thought that there was no better time. I asked my husband if he had any tips but he referred me to his parents. His parents informed that this was a recipe for Holy Week (Semana Santa) but people were less strict about this these days. I was also informed that there were multiple versions of this recipe. However I found and recipe online and my father-in-law sent me a video link and a few hours later I had made my first torrijas. They are ridiculously easy to make and somehow quite fun.

They tasted delicious. Eggy, sweet in the outside and creamy and milky on the inside. Just lovely. I had bought a small baton which I managed to slice into 10 slices. However they were so filling that we only ate one each after our dinner. The rest will be savoured for breakfast.

Ingredients

• 1 bread loaf (with tight crumb, no baguettes here) bought the day before and let go stale

• 4 cups (1 liter) whole milk

• 3 tbsp sugar (or honey if you prefer)

• 1 stick cinnamon

• 3-4 eggs

• Sunflower oil or other insipid oil for frying

• Sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

1 Cut the bread into 1 inch (2.5cm) slightly diagonal slices. Arrange them on a shallow dish that can hold the milk.

2 Put all the milk in a saucepan with the sugar and the cinnamon stick, bring to a boil. Turn off the heat the moment it starts to boil and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.

3 Discard the cinnamon, then pour the milk on the bread and let soak for one hour.

4 Beat the eggs in a plate large enough to hold at least one torrija.

5 Heat the oil to medium in a large frying pan that can hold several torrijas at the same time. With a large spatula (the bread will be overly soft), carefully transfer the soaked slices one by one into the egg and turn them to coat. Then dip the slices into the hot oil.

6 Fry for 3-4 of minutes on each side, until brown.

7 Take out to a dish lined with a paper towel and thoroughly sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Try not to pile them up while warm. Enjoy warm or cold.

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