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Fried Milk – Spanish Leche Frita Dessert Recipe

Fried Milk – Spanish Leche Frita Dessert Recipe

Leche Frita Dessert Recipe
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When it comes to Spanish desserts, many people immediately think of churros, flan, or churro con chocolate. However, Spain’s culinary delights go far beyond the most famous options. One such hidden gem of Spanish cuisine is Leche Frita, a delectable dessert that translates to “Fried Milk.” This unique dessert offers a combination of creamy, sweet, and crispy that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight. In this article, we’ll delve into the origins and preparation of this exquisite Spanish Leche Frita dessert.

Origins of Leche Frita

Leche Frita has deep roots in Spanish culinary history. It is believed to have originated in the northern region of Asturias, but it has become a beloved dessert throughout the country. Over time, it has made its way into the hearts of those who have had the pleasure of tasting this indulgent treat. Leche Frita is often served as a traditional dessert during festivals, celebrations, and special occasions in Spain. Its rich history and the burst of flavors it offers make it an excellent choice for both authentic Spanish cuisine enthusiasts and dessert lovers.

Ingredients

Before you embark on your culinary journey to create Spanish Leche Frita, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of whole milk
  2. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  5. 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. Vegetable oil for frying
  8. 2 beaten eggs
  9. Breadcrumbs
  10. Powdered sugar and ground cinnamon (for dusting)
  11. Lemon or orange zest (optional, for garnish)

 

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Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Whisk the mixture well until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and continuously stir the mixture until it thickens. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to stir constantly to avoid lumps.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened to a custard-like consistency, remove it from the heat. Pour it into a greased or parchment-lined square dish, spreading it evenly. Allow it to cool and refrigerate for a few hours or until it’s set.
  4. Once the mixture has set, cut it into squares or rectangles. You can use cookie cutters for a more creative shape.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or skillet for frying. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. In another bowl, place breadcrumbs.
  6. Carefully dip each milk square into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s well-coated, and then coat it with breadcrumbs.
  7. Heat the oil to around 350°F (175°C) and carefully fry the coated milk squares until they are golden brown on all sides.
  8. Remove the fried milk squares and place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  9. Sprinkle the Leche Frita with powdered sugar and a touch of ground cinnamon for a delightful finishing touch. You can also garnish with lemon or orange zest for a burst of citrus aroma.

 

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Spanish Leche Frita, the fried milk dessert, is a delightful treat that combines creamy, crispy, and sweet elements in one heavenly bite. This dessert is not only a taste of Spain but also a taste of history and tradition.

Whether you’re making it to celebrate a special occasion or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth, this dessert will transport you to the heart of Spain with every bite. So, roll up your sleeves, get cooking, and savor the rich and indulgent flavors of Leche Frita for a delightful culinary experience that’s truly Spanish.

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