This week, my study abroad program, ISA, was kind enough to give us a crash course on Semana Santa. The festivities start on Sunday (aka tomorrow), and I am so excited to see first hand how Spaniards celebrate this special holiday. Preparations have been underway the past week, which has just added to my excitement. It is the calm before the storm of Semana Santa in Seville at the moment…
In order to get us ready for the special week, we got to learn how to make a traditional Spanish pastry for Semana Santa: Torrijas. They are super easy, which is great for people like me who cannot cook to save their lives. Each household tends to have their own version of this sweet treat, but they are all still fairly similar.
Here is how to make Torrijas:
- 1 Loaf of Bread (It is better if it is from the day before)
- 1 Liter of Milk
- 4 Eggs
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Peel
How To Make It
- Pour the milk with lemon peel into a saucepan and put it on your stove and heat it up (but not too much).
- Once warm, pour the milk into a bowl.
- Crack the four eggs into a bowl and whisk them.
- Heat up the olive oil on the stove.
- Grab a slice of bread and soak it in the milk for about 10 seconds until completely covered (but not too soggy).
- Place that same slice of bread in the eggs until completely covered.
- Fry the slice of bread in the pan when the olive oil is hot.
- When the bread is golden on both sides, take it off and let it cool for a moment.
- Repeat steps 5-8 depending on how many Torrijas you want.
- Mix a bowl of sugar and cinnamon (the amount depends on how much of each ingredient you prefer).
- Once the bread is cooled, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix on top.
- If you like honey, you can also top this treat with honey (I personally like it without honey).
- Eat and enjoy!
Now you are all set on enjoying Semana Santa in Spain (or at home dreaming that you are in Spain).
Do you have a different recipe? I would love to hear how you make it in the comments below. If you try out this recipe, let me know if you like it in the comments below.