Torrijas represent slices of sweet bread soaked in milk, egg and sugar, traditionally served during the 40-day period before Easter. They are said to be originated during the XV century in Andalucian convents, as a method to use stale bread. Nowadays, torrijas are also popular in Madrid.
This dessert is typically prepared from stale white bread, milk, egg and vegetable oil (canola or corn oil). In order to sweeten the bread, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon and honey are being used.
Torrijas are known worldwide: the British call it "bread pudding", while in America they are known as "french toasts."
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