Hello again!! Today I am bringing you a quick and simple recipe for some delicious cheese pastries. Back home they call them “quesitos”, meaning little cheeses, and are really what my childhood memories are made of. The best part? You only need 4 ingredients!! Yup that’s right, just 4: puff pastry sheets, cream cheese, one egg and sugar.
1 Box of Puff Pastry Sheets( I used Pepperidge Farm)
1 Egg whites
3/4 Block of Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia)
2 tsp of granulated sugar (for the cheese filling)
extra sugar to sprinkle
The box of puff pastry comes with two sheet folded on thirds. These pastries are supposed to be bite size, so we are going to cut each sheet third in four pieces. This recipe will yield 24 delicious “quesitos”. The sheets come covered with a bit of white flour so they don’t stick everywhere, and trust me you will be thankful that Pepperidge thought of that. I personally like to sprinkle a little bit of sugar on them before I start to add some extra flavor.
Now for the filling!! I start by taking 3/4 of an 8 oz block of cream cheese and soften it on the microwave for 10 seconds. Then I add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar to the cheese and blend them with a fork. Once it is completely soft and evenly blended, I add 2 teaspoons of the mix to each pastry square.
The next step is folding, and it might be an art in itself. I have my own technique, but really you can fold them however you want as long as there are no openings where the cheese can escape through. A summary of my folding technique can be summarize as pinch, tuck & pinch and turn/twist. ^-^ Below are some pictures to help you understand how to do it.
Now you are going to take each “tucked & pinched” corner and you are going to turn or twist them to opposite sides and the result should look like the picture below.
Next, whisk one egg whites until it becomes all foam just like the picture below.
Then, spread a bit of the egg whites foam on top of each pastry roll and sprinkle some granulated sugar on top of them.
Bake them for 30 minutes at 325 F. You are looking for that nice gold brown color on the sugar. Let them rest for 15 min before serving.
Try them out and tell me what you think in the comment section. -M
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Enjoy with coffee!