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Guatemala’s French Toast – Torrejas

Torrejas Rudy A. Giron Antiguadailyphoto.com Creative Commons License

The Torrejas are a typical guatemalan dessert specially popular during Christmas and during Lent. Torrejas are common in many Latin American countries and every country makes them a little different. There are also many different versions of the guatemalan recipe for Torrejas. I chose this version because it is somewhat easier and I made sure the ingredients are easy to find.  It is customary to add rum to the syrup but I was going for a kid friendly recipe here. Sometimes Torrejas and Molletes are used interchangeably but in Guatemala these are two different dishes. The Molletes are filled with custard.



Pan dulce or pan de manteca

Ingredients for Torrejas. 

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 12 panes dulces o panes de manteca (lard or sweet bread)
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil

Ingredients syrup

  • 1 lb sugar
  • 3 cups of water
  • zest from one orange
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 ounces of raisins
  • 4 ounces of prunes

Beat the eggs until they form stiff peaks, add the flour and mix it in carefully. Pass the breads through the egg mixture until they are completely covered. Fry in hot oil making sure to turn them around once so that they cook on both sides. Put the fried bread in a colander and pour hot water over and let them drain, this is done so that they will not be greasy. To make the syrup bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, orange zest, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. Finally add the raisins and prunes. Place the Torrejas in the syrup. Serve with a prune in the center and sprinkle with sugar.

¡Buen Provecho!

I post recipes that are either typical dishes from my home country of Guatemala, recipes from other Latin American countries or interesting and fun recipes with ingredients that give them some sabor Latino. If you have any suggestions or would like a specific guatemalan recipe let me know in the comments section.




About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

Permanent link to this article: http://growingupbilingual.com/2012/latino-parenting/guatemalas-french-toast-torrejas/


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  1. Whitney

    Hi Paula,

    I am hosting a Guatemalan dinner party for six people and I am looking for some traditional Guatemalan recipes to make. I would love to get some Mayan recipes in there too, but all the food looks so good! Ideally, I’d like to be able to make it ahead so I don’t have to cook at the party. I would love to get some recipes and dinner traditions from a native Guatemalan! 🙂

  2. Patty (Pereira) Shayler

    Saludos desde Inglaterra 🙂

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Hola Patty! Saludos, me encanta tu blog está fantástico.

  3. Mayra

    perdon, pero estas torrejas se paresen a las guatemaltecas pero no son, ademas es la primera vez que leo que las torrejas son un postre tradicional de la navidad, si mi memoria no me falla y si no estoy mal es un plato exclusivo de la semana santa, asi como lo es el pescado seco, pero tal ve hubo cambio en la tradicion. Any way supongo quenlas suyas tambien saben ricas.

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