Spanish Carnival Toasts
The Carnival toasts, also known as bread puddings or torrijas in Spanish, is a sweet Spanish dessert that is tipically prepared either for breakfast or as a dessert. People normally confuse it with the French toasts, because at first look it may seem they are similar dishes, but when tasted you will surely agree they are not. Would you like to check it?
People in Spain name this dish Carnival toasts because it is quite typical to prepare it during this event and Easter. The reason behind this is the fact that during Easter, at least years ago, many people used to fast (more specifically, they had one single meal a day) or not consume meat. And this dish, being so caloric and satisfying, provided the energy they were lacking. Furthermore, in the following days, due to the fast, people used to have many food left over such as bread, milk and eggs, so they found in this dish the perfect way of not wasting any of them.
Details of this Spanish Carnival toasts recipe for 6 – 8 people.
- 1 loaf of French bread or baguette
- 3/4 liters milk
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Olive oil
1 Put the milk with the cinnamon stick and some salt in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
2 When the milk is hot add the sugar and stir.
3 When the milk begins to boil remove the saucepan from the heat and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
4 Cut the loaf of bread into 8 pieces and place them in a container with the already tempered milk to soak during several hours. Turn the slices of bread from time to time to make them soak better.
5 After some minutes beat the egg and immediately pass the bread slices through the mix.
6 Fry them in abundant oil until they brown on the outside.
7 Finally sprinkle sugar over the toast.
These Carnival toasts or torrijas are prepared, as the recipe dictates, with French bread or baguette. But in the North of Spain there is an alternative version which is prepared with Brioche bread.