Fried Milk (Leche Frita- Spain)

These are absolutely delicious!


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry fine bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch and nutmeg in saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in butter and lemon peel.
  3. Spread evenly in ungreased 8-inch square baking dish.
  4. Refrigerate uncovered until firm, at least 3 hours.
  5. Cut custard into 2-inch squares with wet knife.
  6. Dip custard squares into eggs; coat with bread crumbs.
  7. Heat 1 to 1 1/2 inches oil to 360 degrees F.
  8. Fry 2 to 3 squares at a time until light brown, 1 to 2 minutes; drain.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

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