Are you bored out of your mind with the repetition of either drinking milk or using it for baking? If yes, I will gladly introduce you to Leche Frita, the fried milk cakes with milk as the very essential ingredient. The crisp crust wrapping up a mousse-like center will be a hit in family gatherings.
What is Leche Frita?
It is a Spanish dessert recipe that you can easily find in every book, restaurant, pastry shop related to Spain’s cuisine. Traditionally, domestic cooks make them from cornstarch, sugar, flour, milk, occasionally butter and egg, and olive oil. It resembles the popular fried bun in Asian countries. Nevertheless, you will be charmed by the crispy texture and the creamy pudding inside after you take a bite.
People believe that its origin was from the nuns who sold little treats as a means to maintain their convent many centuries ago (1). Eventually, it becomes a favorite course in Spanish families and gains itself various creative adaptations.
Still, you will see how simple it is to make these fried milk cakes in the instructions below, and you might not be too surprised when someone tells you it is the creation of Chinese cuisine. Truth be told, we will get different stuffing such as chicken liver, fried ham, shrimp in Guandong, and a milky, sweet version in northern China.
How to make Fried Milk Cakes?Print
Fried Milk Cakes | Spanish Leche Frita Recipe
As you can see, our fried milk cakes require simple and common supplies, and the steps are very practical, easy to follow. The only thing worth noticing here is we will have to wait for a few hours during the attempt. If you have a plan to fill up the gap or plenty of time to spend, let’s get started!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 3 hr 30 mins
- Category: How to cake
- Method: Frying
- 35g cornstarch
- 60g sugar
- 300ml fresh milk
- 100g flour
- 150g breadcrumb
- 120ml water
Step 1: Prepare the curd milk
- Add cornstarch, half of the sugar, and fresh milk to a pot.
- Mix well on low heat and let it cook slowly. While you wait for it, you can move on to the next step, but remember to stir the mixture once in a while so it won’t burn.
- Use a brush to coat the bowl (or anything) you will be using as a mold with cooking oil so the curd won’t stick to it after.
- Pour the mixture into the mold and leave it in the fridge for 3 hours.
Step 2: Make the texture
- Mix flour, the rest of the sugar, and water (and egg, if you want to, yet I personally think it’s not necessary!) in a separate bowl.
- Whisk the mixture gently until you obtain a smooth white batter.
- Lay breadcrumbs on a dish, and we are ready for the final step: shaping the milky cakes.
Step 3: Make the cakes
- Take the curd out of your refrigerator and remove it from the mold. With the cooking oil we previously brushed on the inside, it should be fairly easy.
- Cut the curd into cubes with the size being about 2 x 2 x 2 (cm).
- Dip each cube in the batter and roll it in breadcrumbs, and you will have a bun available for frying any time.
- Repeat the process until you finish the curd off! Don’t forget to share how many fried milk cakes you have made from the given ingredients!
- Fry the cakes on low heat until the crust turns into that beautiful golden brown shade and serve immediately.
- In Chinese cuisine, they add 1 cup of coconut milk and only ¼ cup of fresh milk for a different scent and flavor.
- Did you know you can use your food processor on leftover bread for a pack of homemade crumb?
- Orange peel, cocoa powder, matcha, and the likes can give the custard more flavor.
- Use an ice cream scooper if you want to shape the cakes into round balls.
- As always, we recommend a nonstick frypan that won’t burn and ruin the texture of these dumplings.
- Don’t deep-fry them, as our dessert won’t taste its best if soaked in oil. Kitchen paper is also an option for oil absorption.
- The fried milk cakes make a complete dish. However, you can decorate it with a dot of whipped cream (or your favorite sweet sauce), powdered sugar, or shredded coconut.
- It goes with fruit compote as excellently as bread and cookies do.
- Skew the bites on a stick to attract the children! It looks almost like their favorite marshmallows but better!
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 114 kcal
- Sugar: 6.3g
- Sodium: 11mg
- Fat: 0.7g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3g
- Carbohydrates: 24.2g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 0
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