Guatemala’s French Toast – Torrejas Recipe

Torrejas Rudy A. Giron Creative Commons License

The Torrejas are a typical Guatemalan dessert especially 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.

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 traditional dishes from my home country of Guatemala. If you have any suggestions or would like a specific Guatemalan recipe let me know in the comments section.

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4 thoughts on “Guatemala’s French Toast – Torrejas Recipe”

  1. 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. 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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