The traditional torrija recipe my grandma cooks every Easter. The most simple of the Spanish desserts is also one of the yummiest!

Torrija Recipe. My Spanish grandma’s yummy version

Torrija recipe
My grandma's torrija recipe

Torrija recipe ingredients

  • Bread
  • Whole milk
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • White sugar
  • Cinamon

You can do them with any bread you have around but my grandma’s favorite type of bread is a normal baguette style.

Originally, torrijas were something cheap you will do to use up old bread so preferably use bread that is couple of days old so it has gone hard.

When the bread is hard it soaks up more liquid and ends up with more flavor.

Regarding the milk, she always uses whole milk, as back  in her day there was not such a thing as skimmed milk!

Again, my grandma makes them with white sugar as it was the version they had at the time she started cooking them.

Torrija recipe
Torrija recipe - At home we have it with coffee as a dessert

My grandma’s torrija recipe

Spanish Torrija recipe

  1. Cut the bread in slices. My grandma likes them as long as possible so she cuts the bread in an angle to maximize length.
  2. Soak the bread in milk and leave it there for a couple of minutes making sure it gets milk everywhere.
  3. Take the bread from the milk and dip it in whisked egg in both sides.
  4. Fry the bread in olive oil – medium heat- and flip it to cook it in both sides.My grandma does not use such things as scales or fixed minutes when cooking. She operates purely on intuition. When you see the bread is looking cooked and has a nice shade brown get it out.
  5. Dip the bread both sides in a mix of sugar and cinnamon, again, no measurements here.
  6. Let them cool and Enjoy!

Torrija Recipe, step by step in video

Variations of the traditional Spanish french toast recipe

While the principles are the same the recipe might vary from one family to the other. In Valencia lately they serve them with horchata ice cream and in some places they add few more spices to the dipping mix.

I, for instance, have make variations on my grandma’s recipe to adapt to diet restrictions. For example, I have used not sugar but sweetener to be able to have them while I had diabetes during a pregnancy.

If you want to experiment go wild but be aware my grandma is a purist so do let her see you getting away from the path.

For the ultimate local experience not only recreate this torrija recipe... but have one in Spain!

Mi Abuela will be thrilled to know so many people are enjoying her recipe and, if you visit Spain, be aware the traditional time to enjoy torrijas is around Easter so you will likely find them everywhere!

And if you are interested in Spanish check out this post with the most typical foods to eat during Easter in Spain!

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