Torrijas are similar in style to a French Toast. The recipe is super simple and includes thick slices of semi-stale bread (or toasted fresh bread) soaked in a baking-spice infused milk mixture, dipped in eggs, and pan-fried. Instead of the French toast’s traditional toppings of maple syrup and butter, torrijas uses a hearty sprinkle of cinnamon, sugar, and honey.
Torrijas can be enjoyed warm, fresh out of the pan, or at room temperature and are often served as a “postre” (dessert) but could also be found served for breakfast or brunch. They are particularly popular at Easter time and during semana santa (holy week) and the last day of lent. Frying the torrijas in EVOO creates this spectacular caramelized crust, a truly unique experience and lightyears different from the semi-soggy French toast.