Tastes of Semana Santa
Semana Santa - the Holy Week in Spain, is not only a religious ecstasy, processions, tears of emotion and bang drums. It is also another good opportunity to meet friends and family. Therefore not be surprise that after the exclamations of delight at the sight of passing thrones crowd disperses and goes to nearby pubs for a beer or tapas (such as Restaurant Las Merchanas) to relax, gossip and move on in the wake of successive processions.
While in Poland it is time when people eat the eggs, sour soup and a variety of meat products, in Spain people eat torrijas, which can be found in the nearby pastry shops only during Semana Santa. What is that? Nothing else, like a slice of bread dipped in milk with lemon and cinnamon, dipped in egg and fried golden brown. Seemingly modest dessert, it is very caloric and can not look too chic, it is loved by the Spanish, in particular for children. There are many versions of torrijas: with honey, sugar, caramel and milk torrijas.
The tradition of eating torrijas dates back to the fifteenth century, and its Lenten character of which is the exclusion of eating meat during Holy Week. Therefore, bread was the perfect remedy for hunger and caloric content of dessert allowing to maintain strength during the hours of the procession. It was also a perfect way to use stale bread and simple and always available ingredients, such as honey and eggs. Torrijas typically comprise filling breakfast or consumed during the entire day as a dessert served warm or cold, and tastes the best 3 days of preparation.
Recipe, dating back to the Roman Empire is very simple:
6 slices of stale bread
1.5 cups milk
2 tablespoons sugar
Olive oil for frying
Sugar mixed with cinnamon to sprinkle the finished torrijas
The bread soaked in milk mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar and then beaten egg.
Fry in hot olive oil on each side until golden brown.
Ready to take off torrijas from the pan and put briefly on a paper napkin that has absorbed the excess oil with them
So, as with any holidays in Malaga, suddenly everything around becomes as characteristic ymbols. Besides torrijas you also find all the sweets which look like nazarenos or Ku Klux Klan :) Enjoy!