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Torrijas – Spanish Style French Toast

Spanish Torrijas are similar to the French Pan perdu, or English Bread and Butter pudding, and are often eaten just before Easter during Holy Week or, ‘Semana Santa’.

They can be eaten warm or cold, for breakfast or dessert – which makes them a fantastic recipe to use when you have guests or have no time in the morning to make breakfast (or want a make ahead dessert).

There are many variations of this popular dish. Whilst traditionally stale bread is dipped in sweetened milk or wine and then coated in egg and fried in olive oil; I wanted something that I could make any time and I – nearly – always have milk in the fridge.

These Torrijas, don’t contain any added sugar either. Many recipes use either a sugar syrup or add sugar to the milk before heating it, but I saw no need for added sugar  when serving to a toddler. I feel the orange, cinnamon and milk are naturally quite sweet. Besides, a handful of berries and drizzle of honey over the top just before serving adds enough sweetness.

I wanted to add orange as oranges remind me of the year we lived in Seville. Citrus blossom filled the air, the sides of the roads were lined with fallen fruit which had dropped from the hundreds of orange trees growing in every street. The oranges, being Seville Oranges weren’t those you could pick from a tree and eat, they were super bitter.

I tried making a tart with them once.

It was a complete disaster.

Think marmalade tart, without any sugar in the marmalade. I did not try baking with them again.

Important Tip: Make sure your bread is very stale, if it isn’t, the Torrijas will be slimy – which is never good! See below for a tip on how to make stale bread if you only have fresh.

Make ahead? The torrijas are also lovely eaten cold, which makes them an ideal breakfast to prepare the night before. If you want to reheat them, place back in a frying pan on a low heat and warm through. Don’t microwave as this will cause the torrijas to go rubbery.

If you want more breakfast ideas, try my Bircher Muesli or Granola Cups which can both be made ahead of time.

Have you made this recipe? Tag me on Instagram #atmrsjoneskitchen or Facebook, or leave a comment below. I’d love to see your creation!

Torrijas – Spanish Style French Toast

Torrijas – Spanish Style French Toast

Yield: 4

Category: breakfast, brunch

Cuisine: spanish


1.5c/375ml milk

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ orange, zested

½ large baguette

2 eggs

1tbsp olive oil

To serve:




In a saucepan, place the milk, cinnamon and orange zest and put on a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then take off the heat and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.

Slice the bread into 1“/2.5cm slices.

Place the bread in a shallow dish and pour over the flavoured milk, making sure the bread is evenly coated in milk.

Beat the eggs together, then pour them onto a plate.

Heat ½ tbsp in a large frying pan over a medium heat.

Using a large spoon or spatula, as the bread can be quite soft and fragile, place a piece of bread in the beaten egg and coat both sides, then place in frying pan. Repeat with another 5-6 pieces bread, depending how large your frying pan is.

Fry 3-4 minutes until golden, then flip over with the large spatula, and fry for another 3-4 minutes until golden.

Remove the torrijas from the pan and repeat with the rest of the bread.

The torrijas can be eaten warm or cold, making them a great breakfast to prepare the night before.

To eat, drizzle over a spoonful honey and sprinkle over chopped strawberries and almonds, (optional.)

How long does it keep?

The torrijas will keep for 24 hours or so in the fridge

No stale bread

Place it under a low grill until dry, turning halfway. If you're stale bread feels a little soft, I recommend you also do this step.

Serving Idea

A few roughly chopped almonds add some crunch to the dish. Don't serve the nuts to children under 5 as they can pose a choking risk.

8 thoughts on “Torrijas – Spanish Style French Toast

  1. I’ve just returned from a holiday in Spain and the oranges were coming to an end but still beautiful. I love the combination of orange with cinnamon in this recipe – it reminds me of Spain.

  2. You had me at french toast… and definitely sealed the deal when I read it didnt have any added sugar! I completely agree – with all of those yummy ingredients, there is no need for extra sugar 🙂

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