Old Fashioned Fried Milk

Old Fashioned Fried Milk originates from Spain, and it is a very simple and classic dessert. It requires very little effort, though the custard must sit in the fridge for several hours before it can be fried, so it is not something one can whip up in a hurry. But when you have the time and inclination, it makes a very lovely dessert which is best served warm and with some fresh fruit.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

There are many different recipes for fried milk, so it may differ slightly from what you see elsewhere, but this is the version in my family cookbook, so it’s the one I stick with!

To begin with, you need to mix your sugar, cornstarch and nutmeg in a saucepan. What we’re really making is a kind of homemade pudding that will thicken up enough to cut.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

To your mixture, add in your milk and stir gently. Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow it to boil for one minute. Remove from heat and add in your lemon and butter.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

The oil in the lemon peel really flavors the custard, and with the nutmeg and sugar, the flavor is so gentle and mild. Once it is sufficiently mixed, spread it evenly into an ungreased square baking dish, and refrigerate uncovered for three hours, until it is firm enough to cut.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

Remove from the fridge and cut the solid mixture into small squares or rectangles.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

Now, if you’ve ever deep fried chicken or other meats, you’ll understand the next bit. Simply dip your squares into your beaten eggs and then coat each one with bread crumbs. When you have two or three ready, place it into a hot frying pan of oil, letting them become golden and delicious over one or two minutes. Drain off on a paper towel to keep them crispy.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

At this point, you can eat them and be satisfied, but if you want to take them to the next level, sprinkle them with a bit of powdered sugar. It is absolute perfection!

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

It is very reminiscent of a hot doughnut or funnel cake that you might get at a fair. But the texture is creamier and almost like mush. It reminds me of something that may have been served in a Victorian orphanage or nursery.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe

I strongly recommend serving with fresh strawberries or oranges. A nice balance of sweet and tart will bring out the flavors that are cleverly woven into each bite. I’ve even seen them served with fruit compote or jelly! However you choose to eat them, you won’t be disappointed. These are a huge hit in any home.

Old Fashioned Fried Milk Recipe
Old Fashioned Fried Milk

Old Fashioned Fried Milk

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

This simple Spanish dessert is a beautifully plain and just perfect for kids and adults. With its mild tastes, it is as inoffensive as can be, but with a delicious warmth that will become a firm favorite of any family.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 C milk
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 C breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil
  • 1/3 C powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together granulated sugar, cornstarch and nutmeg in a saucepan.
  2. Gradually stir in the milk.
  3. Heat to boiling over a medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Boil and stir 1 minute, and then you can remove from heat.
  5. Stir in the butter and lemon peel.
  6. Spread the mixture evenly in an ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches.
  7. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 3 hours, until firm.
  8. Cut the custard into 2-inch squares, using a wet knife.
  9. Dip the custard squares into eggs, then coat with bread crumbs.
  10. Heat oil to 360°F, and fry 2 or 3 squares at a time for about 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Notes

These really should be eaten immediately, as they will get soggy after a while. I always try to serve with a fresh fruit like strawberries or oranges to give it some extra punch!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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