Fried Milk

Fried Milk

Leche Frita, fried milk, is a Spanish dessert. It’s easily made gluten-free as you can use cornflour to thicken the milk and for frying it.

There are so many Spanish dishes that I love. I love Paella. I love Spanish omelettes. And Spanish flans. But flans are very similar to creme caramels and I already have a recipe on twimii for that. Then there’s Basque Cheesecake. But the food is so good. I also love tapas – love it. Love the whole idea of it even.

There are lots of recipes out there for different tapas dishes. But which one to choose? And you can’t really choose just one because that’s not the tapas experience. It’s lots of different tastes that you can sample or eat more of. Which means that’s a lot of different dishes to mess up.

Also, I needed to pick something that didn’t have chorizo. Chorizo is something I’m apparently unable to resist. I did make a chorizo and lentil soup but I realised it was very similar to the Tomato and Puy Lentil Soup, just with chorizo added in. So then I tried to make something a bit different with red lentils and chorizo. But I kept just eating the chorizo rather than making any soup.

Chorizo and lentil soup. It was good. I can’t buy any more chorizo though.

I’m admitting it’s a problem.

Eventually I decided to steer clear of savoury dishes and that’s when I came across Fried Milk, Leche Frita, I’d never heard of this before. And then I watched this video and decided I wanted to give it a go. Honestly, if you want to make leche frita just watch that video.

Things to See & Do in Spain

I’ve been to Spain many times. I love it there. Every part I’ve been to has been great. It’s a gorgeous and fascinating country.

Also, I think it’s probably one of the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans. The weather there is usually great. And there are so many different parts to country, and its islands, with every region having its own particular culture and identity.

It’s actually harder to link to a list of activities when I’ve been to the country. Because I’m usually slightly annoyed with myself at how few of them I’ve actually done.

But these lists of things to do are just to provide some travel inspiration for myself and you there reading this.

I don’t think the joy of travel is really about ticking off items on a list. It’s maybe just about the fun and wonder of experiencing somewhere and some culture that’s different to what you’re used to?

What is Spain like for coeliacs and the gluten-intolerant?

It’s quite easy, I think. There’s a lot of Spanish food which is naturally gluten-free. I can’t remember having any difficulty finding some gluten-free options. I found this post offering some tips and advice.

How is St Valentine’s Day celebrated in Spain?

I think it’s the same as everywhere else. Let’s see what the internet says – yes, pretty much the same.

Is Fried Milk a typical St Valentine’s Day treat? Don’t think so, think it’s considered more of a treat for children.

But dairy, chocolate, peanut butter and fruit are all natural aphrodisiacs, I believe.


Sure. Why not?

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. However you celebrate it.

I’m celebrating it by finishing this series of recipes.

I forgot some of the ingredients here. You should see milk, cinnamon, a lemon, cornflour, caster sugar, an egg and sunflower oil. Nutmeg makes it taste like sweet bechamel sauce – which I personally didn’t hate.

Fried Milk


  • 500ml whole milk
  • cornflour
  • 40g caster sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • cinnamon stick
  • sunflower oil
  • 1 egg


  1. Place half the milk in a saucepan on a low heat with the cinnamon stick and lemon zest.
  2. Weigh out 70g of cornflour and mix in with the rest of the milk until you have a well mixed, no lumps, slurry.
  3. Grease a rectangular dish with some sunflower oil.
  4. Stir the sugar into the milk on the stove. Raise the heat a little and stir around for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove the cinnamon stick. Stir in the slurry and raise the heat. Keep stirring. With this amount of cornflour the milk should thicken quite quickly.
  6. Once the milk has thicken remove from the stove and pour into the greased rectangular dish.
  7. Leave to chill for a couple of hours or overnight in the fridge.
  8. When ready turn the dish out on a plate and cut the milk up into squares.
  9. Grease some baking paper and spread out on a plate.
  10. Beat an egg in one bowl. Place some cornflour in another. Carefully dip the milk squares into the cornflour making sure they are completely covered in the cornflour and then carefully dip them in the egg.
  11. Place the dipped milk squares on the baking paper.
  12. When you have four or five squares on the baking paper, heat about a 1/2 cm or so of sunflower oil in a frying pan. When it's good and hot carefully place the dipped milk square in the oil. Leave them fry for a minute or two or until you can see that the base has turned golden brown and then carefully flip them over. Place them on some kitchen paper. Repeat until all the milk squares are fried.
  13. Enjoy with some fruit and dips.

dont be grating my heart
Don’t be grating the stuff in. No. Unless you like your fried milk to look peppered.
Use a rectangular dish
Use a rectangular dish to chill in the thickened milk.
Yes. Use a rectangular dish.
Yes. Use a rectangular dish.
It's messy to make. But nice.
It’s messy to make. But nice.
Not bad.
Honestly they turned out much better than I was expecting.
The peanut butter goes surprisingly well with it.
fried milk
Fried milk with fruit and some peanut butter, nutella, and honeyed yoghurt for dipping.