Leche Frita

Leche Frita

Leche frita or Fried milk, is a centuries old Spanish dessert. The origin of the recipe is uncertain, several Spanish regions are claiming authorship. It was probably first made by nuns, who sold their products to help maintain their convents. Today, it is a street food popular throughout the Spain. To me, who is not used to similar tastes, they were a bit odd. Couldn’t decide weather I liked them or not. I think it were the bread crumbs. Looking through the net, I found it’s not very often to coat them into breadcrumbs, so next time, I might try them without.

Leche Frita

100 g corn starch
25 g butter
100 g sugar
450 ml milk
zest of 1/2 orange
zest of 1/2 lemon
4 eggs
100 g bread crumbs, sifted
1 cinnamon stick
icing sugar
flour, sifted
powdered cinnamon

Boil milk with cinnamon stick and both zests. Remove from heat. In a bowl mix 2 eggs with sugar, add corn starch little by little, and strained boiled milk mixing continuously. Cook this cream on medium heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens. Stir in butter and remove from heat.

Leche Frita

Line a 20 x 15 cm baking pan with baking paper and pour thickened cream in it. Let rest in the fridge for a day. Cut into 5 x 5 cm squares, and then each square into two equal triangles (24 triangles in total). Roll each triangle into flour, than into beaten 2 eggs with a pinch of salt and finally into bread crumbs. Deep fry in oil for a minute or two, taking them out onto paper towel to soak any excessive oil. Serve sprinkled with icing sugar and powdered cinnamon.

This is a recipe from Sale & Pepe magazine, Serbian issue for October 2008.


You May Also Like


  • Snooky doodle August 9, 2009 4:50 am

    what an interesting recipe! I ve never heard of these. Look delicious though :)

    • shirley July 18, 2015 7:54 pm

      My son made these for my birthday, added fresh blackberries and made a simple syrup using a bit of sugar and some port to pour over. Oh, and a smidgen of whipped cream.

    • Marija July 20, 2015 9:41 am

      Wow! Sounds amazing! So glad you like leche frita!

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums August 9, 2009 8:28 am

    A fantastic dessert item!Cheers,Rosa

  • Arabic Bites August 9, 2009 12:21 pm

    This is absolutely mouth watering..yum,I must give it a try ;)zainab :)

  • Julia @ Mélanger August 9, 2009 2:54 pm

    I've never heard of these, but I certainly would be happy eating them!

  • Deborah August 9, 2009 3:15 pm

    I've never heard of these, but I can tell that I'd like them!!

  • Laura [What I Like] August 9, 2009 4:10 pm

    I've heard of this…but had no idea how on earth it was made. What an interesting post!

  • Fearless Kitchen August 10, 2009 7:30 am

    These look interesting. The breadcrumbs make it visually more appealing (at least to me,) but I can see where they might throw the taste off a little.

  • Ramya Kiran August 10, 2009 7:40 am

    Wow, such a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tiina August 10, 2009 12:45 pm

    What an interesting recipe!Greetings, Tiina

  • Jackie at August 10, 2009 4:30 pm

    i've never tasted these before. I love sweet fritters. Yum

  • Katie August 11, 2009 1:07 am

    I've not heard of these before but they sound delicious

  • Vera August 11, 2009 1:33 am

    Izgledaju genijalno!

  • Claire August 11, 2009 8:31 am


  • Muneeba August 12, 2009 7:14 am

    These look amazing! If I wanted to try this, should I just leave out the breadcrumbs completely? Just dip in flour & egg, then fry??

  • Marija August 12, 2009 3:04 pm

    @Muneeba – I haven't tried yet, but most of the online recipes I found said just dip in flour and eggs.

  • Marija August 12, 2009 3:19 pm

    and than bake

  • Andrea August 13, 2009 12:24 am

    Zanimljivo i meni je ovo nešto potpuno novo i ne mogu ni zamisliti kakvog je okusa. U svakom slučaju privlačno izgleda. :)

  • Noema August 13, 2009 2:24 am

    Well, I think they look really delicious, and I also prefer them without breadcrumbs, not crunchy at all. They are often served with honey as well. Leche frita is one of those recipes which I think Spaniards associate with "home", sort of a "cozy recipe". :-D

  • heidileon September 3, 2009 1:04 am

    you know what? I have never ever tried to prepare this dessert even thought I been eating it since I was a child. It's one of those super comfort foods, isn't it?

  • Anonymous February 13, 2010 2:12 am

    This recipe is very nice. But keep the breadcrumbs out. As the original recipe does only coat them in flour and egg.

  • Marija February 13, 2010 2:19 am

    Yes :) I didn't like the taste of them :) Will try to make it as you suggested sometimes.

  • Crystal April 30, 2015 7:53 pm

    If you are willing to play with the recipe, try using some sort of cereal that has been pulsed in a food processor instead of bread crumbs. Avoid high sugar content because they will burn faster!

Leave a Reply