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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cheese Rolls (Little J Style)


One of my favorite bakeries here in LA is called Porto's Bakery in Glendale, CA. It's a Cuban bakery that serves up delicious pastries, breads, cakes, sandwiches. They have a sister branch in Burbank. But the Glendale location is their main store. I've been in the U.S. for 20 years and they've been around longer than that. In the same location. I remember when it was just a little average size store before they expanded and added the cafe area. It's a favorite among the locals in the LA area. Anytime of the day, 7-days a week there are always busy long waiting lines. I think it's worth the wait. I guess they must be doing something right. The owner is also one of the nicest ladies I've ever met. You'd find her there baking away and making sure things are done right.

A few of my favorite items that I love to order is their in-house banana chips (marquitas), guava and cream cheese danish, french dinner rolls, potato balls (that one is really good) and they also make some tasty cakes. My all-time favorite item they make would have to be the cheese rolls. I always get a bit sad when I take that last bite because there won't be anymore in that little bakery box. Just the remnants of what was. It's like a cannoli-shaped puff pastry filled with some sort of cream cheese mixture and basted with something sweet and sprinkled with sugar. It only costs, I think, 50 cents for one. Pretty good bargain. I could literally eat 4 in one sitting. It's definitely one of the more popular items there.

Anyway...I've always wondered what the recipe was like. I doubt that they'd divulge the secret to such a loved pastry. So here's my take on it. I used a can of those Pillsbury crescent rolls. I have yet to learn how to make croissants, but I will eventually. Used some cream cheese, an egg yolk and some powdered sugar. After baking them, I basted the tops with some honey to give the dough some sweetness and sprinkled some raw cane sugar on top.

The resulting taste? I think I did pretty good. There are some similarities. Though, theirs is slightly flakier. I may try using a puff pastry sheet next time. But of course, it doesn't compare to the real thing, but I'm happy with my little experiment. So in case I can't make it to the bakery, I can always satisfy that craving with my homemade version. Plus, can you see the cream cheese sort of oozing out from the side? Those are the some of the good parts. These are an awesome treat for a party or a get together.

Besides, just because I tried making my own doesn't mean that it would stop me from buy the real cheese rolls. I love them too much to give them up. I think I may just go get some right now.

Make 4 large rolls or 8 small rolls.





Cheese Rolls (Little J Style)
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls or 1 puff pastry sheet
4 oz cream cheese
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp raw cane sugar
3 tsp honey

Preheat your oven to 375˚F

Combine together the cream cheese, egg yolk and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside.

Open the can of crescent rolls and divide them into 4 large rectangles or 8 small rectangles.

Lay them on an ungreased baking sheet and divide the cream cheese mixture among the dough sheets. Placing the dollop on one end, then lightly roll them up into a cylindar.

Bake for 10-13 min. (It's alright if the filling oozes out from the sides. Those parts taste good slightly burnt.)

Remove from the oven and baste the honey over the top and sprinkle some of the cane sugar. Let the rolls cool completely to let the filling settle.


32 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

You have some of my favorite ingredients here, i KNOW this is to die for. I am going to visit you with an extra large handbag and take some when you aren't looking :D (thats what huge designer bags are for daaaaahling, didn't you know?)

Parita said...

These look sinfully good jenn!

teresa said...

these sound wonderful, adn with a great back story!

ashadeofgray said...

Oh these look delicious!!!

Bob said...

Oh my. Those looks awesome! I love cheese and pastry.

Elra said...

Very pretty and delicious cheese rolls.

Jessica@FoodMayhem said...

Lucky me for happening upon your blog today. I'm going to be in LA this weekend so I'll go to Porto's for breakfast. =)

OysterCulture said...

Wow, these look so yummy!

Jenn said...

HH: LOL. So that's what those bags are meant for. haha...

Parita, Teresa, ashadeofgray, Elra, Oyster: Thanks.

Bob: They really do go well together.

Jessica: Cool. I hope you enjoy your stay here. Porto's has some really great stuff.

Anonymous said...

That sounds great! You're making me hungry!

doggybloggy said...

little j rolls - very nice!

shmoopiesgurl said...

oh the looks oh so good! will have to add these to my favorites and try them some time.

Jenn said...

Anon 8-D

Doggy: hehe...

Schmoopiesgurl: Enjoy them. They're really good.

raquel said...

they look good! i can taste the oozing cheese and the nice soft pastry...! yummm!

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy oh i want to go to the bakery! and have one with cuban coffee

zerrin said...

That cheese oozing out from the side took my attention at first sight. Sounds like a great snack.

Diana said...

That is TOO stinkin' weird! I just had Porto's for the first time last night! I was at a wine tasting at Silverlake Wine and the organizer brought platters of the guava pastries, cheese rolls, potato balls and media noche sandwiches for us to try. I only had a bite of the cheese roll, but it was really amazing. I can only imagine how good it would all be fresh from the case!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh these look good! I wish I could have one right now (even though I had mac & cheese for dinner). Deilsh!

Jenn said...

Raquel: 8-D

CC: Yum!!

Diana: It's sooo good. It's definitely worth the trip.

Jen: I'm sure you still got room for dessert.

Miranda said...

Jenn,
I am starting to assume that you are a bread person. LOL.
You seem to always have great bread recipes.
I adore bread and would eat it all day long..so keep it coming.

figtree said...

These look so easy and delicious..I cant wait to try them.Figtreeapps

Kim (@ Paper Apron) said...

It might be an experiment, but it looks like an upscale bakery made these.

Mary said...

I love the way these look. I can only imaginr how good they taste.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

What a yummy treat with the warm cream cheese insides! I love these!

pigpigscorner said...

The filling sounds wonderful!

The Duo Dishes said...

Mmmmm, cheese. With a touch of sweet. This is great. It'd be super for breakfast too...maybe with a little ham? Yum.

girlichef said...

Okay, these are super awesome, too! Cheese and bread...two of my must-haves!! You're rockin' my world right now...man my stomach is rumbling!

Jenn said...

Miranda: Yes, I'm very much a bread person.

Jenn said...

figtree: enjoy!

Kim, Reeni, Pigpigscorner, : Thanks.

Mary: They taste great!

Duo: You can definitely add ham.

Girlichef: hehe...

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yummy! I'm with you on making croissants...eventually just not today:)

Jenn said...

Nutmeg: 8-D

Sasha said...

Great idea. Looks yummy. I think I'd prefer these savory, though.

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