RECIPE: Marlens Cuban Torrejas

MarlenAugust 16, 2003

Sounds like French toast. Looks like French toast. But it isn't.

Torrejas are a Cuban dessert, not as well known as our flan. You can find them in some of the better Cuban restaurants in Miami. They are served very cold, one uncut slice per person, along with melao, a syrup made from sugar cane. Melao is difficult to find so I am providing a recipe for the syrup, which I think is pretty close and pretty good. Remember to plan ahead because the torrejas should be refrigerated after they are made until serving time.

There are other versions for Torrejas, some even using wine, and some versions which are not Cuban, but this is mine. This recipe can be halved or doubled.

MarlenÂs Cuban Torrejas

For the torrejas:

12 slices of white bread

3 egg yolks

1 can evaporated milk

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 ts vanilla extract

1 ts ground cinnamon

4 eggs

Vegetable oil for frying

For the syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

Zest of half a lemon or lime

1/2 ts vanilla extract

1 cinnamon stick

For the torrejas, beat the egg yolks and add the milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Dip the bread slices in the mixture for a few minutes. Beat the 4 eggs, and dip the wet bread slices in the beaten egg. Fry or grill the coated bread slices.

For the syrup, bring all ingredients to a soft ball stage.

Serve the torrejas cold with the syrup.

Serves 12.

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Yes, it does sound like a glorified version of French toast. Love the sound of the syrup too-more lemon! A good summer dessert, sounds like to me.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2003 at 1:47PM
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Never heard of this. I'll see if the Cuban restaurant I go to in San Juan serves it. Should the bread be sort of stale?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2003 at 2:15PM
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Ginger, it should be day old bread, if it is too soft it crumbles. I have seen it done also with slices of Cuban bread, but my personal preference is for white bread.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2003 at 4:13PM
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OK, thanks!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2003 at 4:17PM
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This is another keeper.Can't wait to try it. My list is getting bigger and bigger.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2003 at 1:32PM
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