Spanish Deep Fried Milk Desert

fried milk

Fried milk or Leche frita in Spanish, originated in Spain and it’s one of their most popular street food. When I first saw this recipe, I was like what! Fried milk! Seriously? And that’s because I’ve never seen something like this before, so didn’t know anything about this technique of frying liquids. Frying milk makes it crunchy, and the warm custard slowly oozes at your first bite.

The recipe is milk based, but it can be made with some spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice. I like to top it with powdered sugar, but if you want a different twist, sprinkle your fried milk bites with cinnamon powder mixed with granulated sugar.

Allow three to four hours for the custard to harden in the refrigerator to be ready for the breading and frying. Make sure to constantly whisk the mixture when preparing the custard in the boiling process, and avoid bubbles as it begins to thicken.

This recipe calls for very few ingredients and is very simple to make.  You do need three hours or more of refrigeration time for the custard to harden and be ready for the glorious breading and frying.  When preparing the custard in the boiling process, the key is to constantly whisk the mixture and avoid bubbles as it begins to thicken.


  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • For sprinkling:
  • Powdered sugar or Cinnamon with granulated sugar


1 ) In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm up milk.

2 ) In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, cornstarch, and nutmeg until combined. Add to a warm milk saucepan and heat to boiling over medium heat. Stir constantly, boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.

3 ) Stir in butter and peel. Spread in an ungreased 9 x 9-inch dish. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 3 hours.

4 ) Cut into 2-inch squares. Dip squares into eggs. Coat with crumbs. Fry until light brown. Drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

5 ) It goes perfectly on a side with ice cream But can pair it with green tea ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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Daven Klarsen is a technology writer and researcher. He's also an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to the LAL. When not working, you can usually find him tweaking his Android devices or watching soccer news.


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