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Sherry-Soaked French Toast (Torrijas)

4 Servings

25 minutes

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This is our take on torrijas, Spain's version of French toast. Cinnamon and citrus are typical flavorings, but for complexity, we also added dry sherry, which infused the bread with a subtle nuttiness and caramel undertones. Challah isn't typical for torrijas, but we liked its eggy richness and tender crumb. Torrijas are especially good warm from the oven, when the outsides are delicately crisp and the insides are soft and custardy, but they're also great at room temperature. Unlike regular French toast, the bread for torrijas is sweetened throughout, so skip syrup for serving—berries or a fresh fruit compote are the best accompaniments. You'll need a thermometer to gauge the temperature of the oil for frying.




Don’t use stale challah. Stale bread will soak up too much of the sherry mixture.

25 minutes


  • 4

    1-inch-thick slices challah bread, halved on the diagonal

  • 1

    cup dry sherry


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Neil L.
December 14, 2023
Torrijas are dessert
Torrijas are often a sweet Spanish dessert, and usually served in very small portions. Given the amount of sugar in this version, I think that is a more appropriate way to enjoy them, rather than as a breakfast!
Seran A.

Hi there! I wondered if there was an alternative to dry sherry, for those that don't drink alcohol :). Hope to hear back from you guys! Cheers!

Janelle C.


In this case, probably not. A mixture of apple cider and vanilla extract would work if it were a smaller amount, but here we use 1 cup.

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Diana L.

I made it for breakfast. The center part was like eating a raw dough while outside was somewhat crispy. My kid could barely finish one slice. He said that he likes regular French toast. I also think there is after taste from Sherri (alcohol taste). There is a potential and ideas in this recipe for sure, like adding some flour to egg mixture. I have learned a few techniques from doing this recipe, but I will not be making this again.