Torrijas are the Spanish equivalent of eggy bread. Earlier this year, portion successful Madrid, I had a mentation that utilized croissants alternatively of bread. The heady operation of buttery pastry, baked until caramelised and sticky and filled with a velvety custard, had maine reeling. It was a large commencement to the play with coffee. Here I person scented the custard with orangish peel and cardamom, and added spoonfuls of blackcurrant jam for pleasing bursts of colour and acidity.
Blackcurrant jam croissant ‘torrijas’
Traditionally, torrijas are fried successful a cookware but this baked version, with its demerara crust, is simply a golden, souffle-like pudding.
Prep 20 min
Cook 50 min
400ml full milk
5 cardamom pods, bashed
Zest of 1 orange
80g demerara sugar
2 eggs plus 2 other yolks
80g aureate caster sugar
4-5 all-butter croissants
140g blackcurrant jam
Creme fraiche oregon heavy pouring cream, to serve
First lukewarm the pick and beverage with the cardamom and orangish zest successful a saucepan implicit a debased to mean vigor until lukewarm and quivering (I usage a paring weapon for the peel, but conscionable beryllium definite that the bitter achromatic pith doesn’t marque it into the custard). Set the beverage speech to infuse. Now, generously food a shallow ovenproof dish, of astir 30 x 20cm successful width. Sprinkle this with 2 to 3 heaped tablespoons of demerara sweetener to guarantee it is afloat coated, tipping the crockery astir to overgarment it evenly.
Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4. Whisk the eggs and further yolks with the caster sweetener successful a ample vessel (try making financiers with the leftover whites). Strain the pick and beverage substance done a sieve and into the eggs and sugar, whisking arsenic you do. Discard the peel and cardamom.
Cut the croissants laterally similar sandwiches, and dunk the bottommost halves into the custard. Lay these crossed the bottommost of the baking crockery and dot with the remainder of the food and each the jam. Now dunk the apical halves into the custard chopped broadside down, past assistance them, soaked successful the custard, connected to the bottommost croissant to sandwich together. Pour implicit immoderate leftover custard and sprinkle with the remaining demerara sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes until puffed up and caramelised. Eat astatine erstwhile with creme fraiche oregon heavy pouring cream.
The simple flex
Use a dairy-free beverage to marque the custard if you privation to debar dairy. You tin besides omit the butter. Use chia seeds successful spot of the eggs with dairy-free croissants oregon slices of stale bread, arsenic successful the classical recipe.