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Dessert for Breakfast? Try Tarjillas Castellanas!

It’s not exactly dessert, but it could be. This is a Spanish twist on French Toast. The outside reminds one of a Churro. However, one bite, and the inside screams custard.

Some might like a drizzle of maple syrup, and what’s not to like about that; but it is not necessary. Try Tarjillas Castellanas, you just might be hooked. Easy to prepare and with the payoff of a big flavor finish.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 slices of bread cut thickly (preferably brioche or challah)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a wide shallow bowl or casserole, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, and salt.
  2. On a separate plate, mix the cinnamon and sugar together, set aside.
  3. Without overcrowding, soak a piece or two of bread in the egg mixture turning to make sure both sides have soaked up the custard mixture.
  4. While the break is soaking, put the butter and oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  5. When the butter melts and its foam subsides, add the soaked bread, again without crowding. This may have to be done in batches to give enough room for each slice of bread.
  6. Brown the bread nicely on both sides, for a total of 6-10 minutes, then transfer each piece into the cinnamon sugar mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. Serve hot.

Optional: Some may enjoy a drizzle of good quality maple syrup, but certainly not necessary.

This recipe adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World

Good quality brioche

Nothing better for a custard soak than an egg based bread like this brioche

The custard mixture

The olive oil allows the butter to have a higher smoking point

Bubbling away – – Be careful not to overly brown

Sugar and cinnamon mixture – – make sure your cinnamon is very fresh. It’s worth buying a new bottle or grinding it yourself

Just rolled in the cinnamon and sugar mix with a drizzle of good quality maple syrup

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