Torrejas, Torrejas, Anyone?

Torrejas Traditional Guatemalan Christmas Food

Guatemalan torrejas is what happens when you mix a good sampling of Guatemalan sweet bread known as molletes; stuff it with manjar (custard*); then wrap the whole thing with beaten eggs; fry it; and finally let it boil in a sweet sauce made from sugar, water, red wine and cinnamon until syrup is obtained.

One order of torrejas can set you back Q10/US$1.25, which includes one torreja with plenty of syrup.

Torrejas, molletes, buñuelos, mole, platanos fritos (fried platains) are among the dessert of the Christmas season in Guatemala.

Are you ready for the Guatemalan Christmas desserts?

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  • http://www.carias.com Edgar Carias

    Se ven ricas esas torrejas vos Rudy! Ahora, cuando decis “mole”, te referis al “mole de platano” va?

    Donde viste las torrejas a Q10?

    Felices pascuas y muchos exitos en 2008!

    Abrazos desde California.

    -edgar

  • MaggieD

    “One order of torrejas can set you back Q10/US$1.25,” plus $900+ for plane ticket! :-) Rudy, Epicurean Tour Guide, thanks so much for doing the “food thing” like you promised! Now – I must check my “Cocina Regional Guatemalteca” to see if it has the recipe; it won’t be quite the same of course. There is simply a special flavor to Antigua food that cannot be duplicated in a N. American kitchen. Lucky you to have it out your front door. Thanks again.

  • http://www.andersondailyphoto.wordpress.com Lessie

    Two torrejas for me, please. I’m greedy. But it would be, oh, so worth it!

  • http://eltoronteco.blogspot.com Manolo

    And then top them up with some rosiclair (sp?) is all about the presentation… I am drooling right no… damn Rudy ;-)

  • http://photography-cafe.com Pat

    Wow! delicious for sure! Would love to try one!

    Pat

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  • http://www.xanga.com/CarmenDeBizet Carmen

    Thank you for the torrejas. I would say I’d like one, but who am I kidding? Two sounds more like it. And no, I wouldn’t share…perhaps…maybe…mmm, probably not. ;-) Regarding your comment: That’s a great picture you took from the vantage point (en el mirador)on the road that leads to Guatemala City. Just beautiful.
    Beau-ti-ful. :-)

  • http://mobaydp.blogspot.com/ Ann (Mobay DP)

    ok Rudy, I’m coming to Guatemala for Christmas! ;)

  • Claudia

    GOsh, that used to be a big ‘to do’ at my grandma’s house – she would dedicate the entire day to making torrejas and we would all help . . but I remember they’d be all gone by the next day . . manjar is custard for people who might not know . . so it is a sweet bread filled with custard and then dipped in egg batter and then fried and then marinated in syrup (my grandma made the syrup from melcocha). My grandma used to tell us to wait until they had cooled down a little bit because the dough would ‘stick’ to our stomachs . . but looking back maybe it was to keep us at bay. . we were vultures.

  • http://antiguadailyphoto.com Rudy

    Edgar, stay tune… Guatemalan mole is coming up.

    MaggieD, if you want cheaper flights look up Spirit Airlines. I even heard they had one-way ticket for $89, not taxes included though.

    Lessie, sure, send your mailing address I will put two torrejas in the mail. ;-)

    Manolo, I will send you plentiful supply of pañuelos for all the drooling.

    Pat, me too. Oops! I did had one torreja. :-(

    Carmen, sometimes you get what you asked for.

    Ann, if we can swap countries for the season, I will be glad to spend sometimes in Jamaica so I can look for all those underground Bob Marley tapes. My eyes were open by Bob Marley’s music, you know!

    Claudia, thanks so much for filling in with such a crystal clear description. It is obvious that I know very little about cooking.

  • Lindsey

    Torrejas!! I remember that tastes like it was yesterday. So yummy. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful dish.

  • Norma

    I am making some tomorrow!!

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