Elena's version consists of a thick slice of bread soaked in warm milk for an hour, and then dipped in egg batter and fried with olive oil before being sprinkled with cinnamon. The bread gets crusty on the outside and custard-like on the inside. Elena's torrijas are out of this world.
The bread is often soaked overnight and wine can be used instead of milk. Traditional recipes call for the addition of honey, which The Goddess Elena doesn't like. But we're not complaining. (She doesn't like raisins either, and calls them flies.)
|IT LOOKS AT FIRST LIKE GOURMET AMERICAN FRENCH TOAST.|
AND IT TASTES LIKE HEAVEN.
|ELENA, OUR PLATE IS EMPTY...|
|THE EASTER 'MOOSE.' AS SWEET AS IF HE WERE MADE OF SOLID CHOCOLATE.|
|ALMOST DIRECTLY OVERHEAD TO SHOW HE'S NOT|
AS HEFTY AS HE LOOKS IN THE PREVIOUS SHOT.