Easter is just around the corner and Spain smells like cinnamon. Torrijas are just one of the traditional Spanish sweets we eat in this season. That’s why WabiHost wanted you to know what to order with your coffee or tea when visiting Madrid this Easter.
This is probably the most famous Spanish sweet. Everyone in the country loves their mother or grandmother’s homemade torrijas. Bread soaked in milk that has been infused with cinnamon, sugar and lemon zest. The slices are then finely coated in eggs and fried. Once they’re ready, some people like to coat then in ground cinnamon and sugar. Others like to prepare an orange and lemon infused syrup to keep them moist. My boyfriend loves them still warm with vanilla ice cream…
Don’t be fooled by their simplicity as they’re actually quite tricky to get right. Try making them and let me know your favourite version.
This traditional festive sweet is typical from Andalusia. It’s basically a deep-fried dough made with olive oil, spices and lemon zest that are later covered in honey or granulated sugar. They are everywhere during this season and delicious with strong coffee.
These sweet fried dumplings are light, fluffy and hard to resist to. They aren’t as easy to make as pestiños but worth the effort. You fist have to make a thick creme patissiere and then add flour, eggs, yeast, butter and spices. Once the dough is ready, you have fried them in good quality oil until they puff and get golden-brown. So good it’s impossible to eat just one.
If you want to try them at home you should get an essential tool. It’s basically a long metal stick with a flower-shaped end and a handle on the other end. That is what gives this Spanish sweet its traditional shape. If you’re a cooking foodie, this is a peculiar utensil that you can take home as a unique souvenir. They are cheap and relatively easy to get.
The dough is quite easy to make and very similar to the one you would make a crepe with. However, the try to get this lovely crispy treat is to heat the mold in the oil beforehand.
Monas are a traditional treat given on Easter. They have a lovely orange/lemony flavour and are quite nice with a delicious cup of tea. The peculiar characteristic of this Spanish sponge kind of cake is that they are normally decorated with a boiled egg on top. As eggs are a classic symbol of this festivity, it’s no surprise you won’t find them the rest of the year.
The best torrijas in Madrid
The queen of all Easter sweets is undoubtedly the famous Spanish torrijas. Do not called them French toast, as they are not the same. So where can you try the best torrijas in Madrid? I have tried quite a few and made a brief selection of the best you can find in the Spanish capital:
This place is a classic. It’s located near Sol and it has a small cafe at the back. The environment is quite old-fashioned but it’s fantastic if you want to experience the atmosphere of the most traditional Madrid.
This small family-run cafe is not exactly in the touristy city centre. So I believe it is perfect to unwind and get away from the hastle and bustle. The place is clean, confortable and excellent to enjoy some privacy. Needless to say, the food is absolutely delicious and their torrijas have actually won a prize! Friendly service and award-winning food. What else can you ask for?
This hidden treasure of Madrid is not difficult to find but not many people know about it. They don’t have a cafe so you should buy to take away. If you’re strolling around Sol and craving something sweet, head here for a very special kind of torrija. While the other two places serve them the traditional, this pastry shop has it’s own signature version. Moist and creamy. That’s all I am saying about them. Definitely a must.
Well, with its name it would be such a disappointment if you didn’t get good torrijas. Luckily, it’s not the case. Far from that, their torrijas are mouth-watering. What is more, they also serve what is now a rarity, wine torrijas. They are soaked in wine instead of milk so the flavour is completely different. The wine gives them a slight acid taste that breaks through all the sugary exterior. Visiting this place should be on any foodie traveller visiting Madrid all year round.
As usual, I would like to invite you to take part in one of our WabiHost Foodie Walking Tours in Madrid to try the best traditional Spanish food there is.