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Matador Triangles

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 16 triangles
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Nonstick cooking spray

2 1/2 cups milk

1 orange, zested

2/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons

1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs, 2 whole and 1 separated

2 cups canola oil, for frying

2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup cornmeal

Fruit Sauce:

1 cup frozen strawberries thawed

2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Spray an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat combine the milk with the orange zest. Bring to a simmer and allow to sit for a few minutes to incorporate the flavors.
  3. In a large bowl mix together 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, 2 whole eggs and 1 yolk, (reserve the egg white for breading). Temper the egg mixture by slowly whisking in about 1 cup of the hot milk. While whisking slowly pour the egg mixture into the pan with the remaining milk. Put the saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When the custard is very thick, about 10 minutes, pour it into the prepared baking pan. Cool in refrigerator for about 3 hours until firm.
  4. Remove custard from pan by inverting the baking pan onto a cutting board. Cut the custard into 4 equal squares. Cut each square diagonally to make 4 triangles per square.
  5. Heat the canola oil in a high sided skillet over medium heat to 350 degrees F.
  6. Beat the egg white with 2 tablespoons water in a shallow pie plate. In another pie plate mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Dip each triangle into the egg white then into the flour mixture and fry in hot oil until golden brown all over, about 1 minute. Drain on a paper lined sheet pan. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with the strawberry sauce.
  7. Strawberry Sauce:
  8. In a blender puree the strawberries with the sugar until smooth. Pour into a small serving bowl.
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