Recipe courtesy of Eating House

Cuban Bread Torrejas

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Ingredients

Cream Cheese Sauce:

1/2 cup half-and-half

1 cup cream cheese 

2 ounces sour cream 

2 ounces condensed milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt 

Guava Syrup:

17 1/2 ounces guava paste

12 ounces cream soda, such as Ironbeer

Pinch salt 

Maria Cookie Sugar:

2 ounces Maria cookies

1 ounce brown sugar 

Pinch salt

Torrejas:

1 cup half-and-half

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons sugar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt 

Four 1-inch-thick slices stale Cuban bread

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions

  1. For the cream cheese sauce: Combine the half-and-half, cream cheese, sour cream, condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. For the guava syrup: Combine the guava paste, cream soda and salt in a saucepan and heat gently, until the guava paste has melted into a syrup. (For an extra-smooth consistency, use a hand blender to puree any unmelted guava solids.) You will need 2 ounces of the guava syrup for the torrejas. Leftover syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks.
  3. For the cookie sugar: Pulse the Maria cookies in a food processor until crumbled. Add the brown sugar and salt and pulse to combine.
  4. For the torrejas: Whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a medium mixing bowl (this can be done the night before), and pour the custard mixture into a pie pan.
  5. Soak the bread in the egg mixture for 30 seconds on each side, then remove to a rack set over a baking sheet to drain for a minute or two.
  6. Over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium nonstick skillet. Fry the torrejas, two slices at a time, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet before starting the second batch of torrejas.
  7. To serve, place two torrejas on a plate. Drizzle generously with cream cheese sauce, then with guava syrup. Top with a sprinkling of Maria cookie sugar and some powdered sugar.