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Pumpkin torrijas – EASY Canarian recipe!

22 mayo, 2021

Pumpkin torrijas represent a different way of making this typical Easter sweetAs they contain pumpkin puree instead of bread inside and little or no sugar. The result of this recipe is tender, juicy and really rich torrijas.

These pumpkin pancakes are typical of the Canaries in the Lenten and Carnival season, also called fried pumpkin cakes. Making them is very simple and quick to do, and the result will be a guaranteed success at home. If you don’t want to miss out on this wonderful dessert, prepare the ingredients and keep reading this Free Recipes recipe to discover how to make pumpkin torrijas.

8 diners
Low difficulty

Ingredients to make pumpkin torrijas:

How to make pumpkin torrijas:


Beat the egg in a bowl and add the pumpkin puree along with the milk. Mix until blended everything’s fine.

Trick: If you don’t have pumpkin puree ready, wash and peel a pumpkin, chop it up, and boil it in water until tender. Strain it and make a puree with it. You can also roast it, it will be very rich and with less water.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 1


Mix the yeast with the flour and gradually add the previous mixture. You may not need all of it, it will depend on the amount of water in your puree, especially if the pumpkin has been boiled and is not well drained. There must be a kind of dense mush.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 2


Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add a tablespoon of dough in the pan and then put another on top to give the pumpkin toasts their characteristic shape. Then, give it an elongated shape with the help of a wooden spoon so that it looks like a French toast. Let them fry for a few minutes on each side until the torrijas are golden brown.

If you want to make healthy pumpkin torrijas, we advise you to cook them in the oven as we explain at the end.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 3


Leave the pumpkin torrijas in a plate with absorbent paper to remove excess oil.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 4


Mix 5 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon powder. The amount of cinnamon depends on the taste of each person. Batter the torrijas with this mixture.

Trick: you can eliminate the sugar if you want a lighter version.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 5


Serve the torrijas warm if you like them freshly made or let them rest for a while if you wish. Warm or cold, these pumpkin torrijas will surprise you with their incredible flavor. Also, you can accompany them with homemade syrup or pastry cream to give them a sweeter touch.

I hope you liked this canarian pumpkin pancakes recipe and I invite you to visit my blog Cakes for you.

Pumpkin Torrijas Recipe - Step 6

If you liked the recipe for Pumpkin French toast, we suggest you enter our Torrijas Recipes category. You can also visit a selection of the best Spanish recipes.

Baked pumpkin torrijas

Canarian pumpkin torrijas can also be baked instead of fried if you want to reduce the number of calories. For this, the most recommended is use cupcake liners, since the dough is not very compact. So, preheat the oven to 180 ºC with heat up and down and follow these steps:

  • Add two tablespoons of batter to each pan to make your pumpkin French toast fluffy.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  • Roll them with sugar and cinnamon to taste or just with cinnamon.

This way, the pumpkin torrijas will not be as golden brown, but they will be much healthier.