Leche Merengada Recipe

Leche Merengada Recipe - This is a very popular Spanish recipe and perfect for the summer, this can be found in every single ice cream shop and supermarket, but what is it?  Its a cross between a milkshake and an ice cream and can be served either as a drink or a dessert.

Leche Merengada is also known as Meringue milk it is easy to make and uses common and easy to find ingredients. 

Its so famous that there is even a children´s song about it - 

Tengo una vaca lechera
no es una vaca cualquiera.
Me da leche merengada,
¡Ay! que vaca tan salada
Tolón, tolón. Tolón, tolón.

and in English - I have a milk cow It is not just any cow. He gives me meringue milk, Oh! what a salty cow Toulon, Toulon. Toulon, Toulon. Sing along...


1 litre whole milk

100 sugar

100 icing sugar

cinnamon stick (about 6 cm or 2.5 inches long)

1 lemon peel

4 egg whites

cinnamon, for garnish

3drops lemon juice

small pinch salt

Leche Merengada Recipe


Pour the milk into a saucepan together with the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and normal sugar. Over a medium heat bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes while you stir it with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. Then pour it in a bowl and let it cool down.

When the milk is at room temperature remove the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick and place the bowl in the freezer until the mixture is very cold but not frozen.

Place the egg whites in a bowl with a few drops of lemon juice and a very small pinch of salt (to help the egg whites rise), then mix until they form stiff peaks Then add the icing sugar little by little while continuing to mix.


Remove the milk mixture from the freezer and pour into a large glass or ceramic mixing bowl, and carefully fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula.

Cover the bowl, sealing it tightly. Place into the freezer for at least 2 1/2 hours. Remove from the freezer and mix on low speed with an electric mixer before serving.

For a simple milkshake put it in the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before serving

Some people leave the mixture in the freezer for much longer in tubs so that it turns into ice cream. This means that it can be served as a dessert as well, you will find that most ice cream parlours in Spain have leche merengada ice cream for sale

Serve very cold in a tall glass with a long spoon or straw. Top with powdered cinnamon if desired. 

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