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Torrejas — A Slice of Heaven

Submitted by on January 11, 2010 – 12:53 pm2 Comments

Cuban Cookbook and a Torrejas Receta

I have a friend, Ana Quincoces Rodriguez who has a fabulous Cuban cookbook called Sabor! A Passion for Cuban Cuisine. It’s gorgeous, just like Ana, with beautiful color photos throughout.

sabor! Ana Quincoces Rodriguez

I bring this to your attention for a couple of reasons:
A) Because if you love Cuban food, you’re going to want to own this book.
B) Because if you turn to page 204-205 of this fabulous cookbook, you’ll find this:

Yes, that’s my recipe for the aptly named My Big, Fat, Cuban Torrejas. I’m telling you, Ana knows Cuban food!

For those who don’t know: Torrejas as a type of French toast, which are stuffed, fried and then baked and are to die for! They are a popular Cuban dessert, but also popular in Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala…You name it.

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I love any excuse to eat guava (or leche condensada too, but that’s not important right now).

And so I concocted an amazing (if I do say so myself!) brunch item based on my love of all things guava/guayaba.

My Big, Fat, Cuban Torrejas

cuban torrejas ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Guava paste cut into (about 20) slices
  • 12 oz. tub of cream cheese
  • 8 slices of thick bread. (I found something called Texas Toast – extra thick bread, but pan Cubano works well too.)
  • Powdered sugar

1. Whisk together: the egg yolks, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 3 whole eggs.
3. Spread each slice of bread generously with the cream cheese.
4. Place about 4 or 5 slices of the guava paste on the bread to make a sandwich.

cuban guava torrejas ingredients

5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or griddle. (use enough to just cover the surface)
6. Create an “assembly line” – quickly dip the sandwiches in the egg/milk/cinnamon mixture.
7. Take the soaked sandwich and dip into the beaten egg mixture.

cuban torrejas ingredients and recipe

8. Fry these in the hot oil – just until brown, turning once.
9. Place the fried sandwiches in a baking dish and place in a hot oven 400° for about 10 minutes, or just until the guava melts.

cuban torrejas ingredients and recipe

10. Dust with powdered sugar and slice into quarters. (Or halves if you think you can handle it. =D)

cuban torrejas ingredients and recipe

The torrejas can be eaten hot or cold. I prefer the hot, fresh taste of melted guava. No syrup necessary. The sticky sweetness of the melted guava makes it juicy enough.

Serve torrejas with a sweet, hot cafécito.

“De aqui p’al cielo.”

(previously posted on Babalú blog and My big, fat, Cuban family.)

Check out another Tiki Tiki Torrejas Recipe, a Lenten time treat.

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