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Quesadilla Salvadoreña – Sweet Cheese Bread

February 26, 2017

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not that ordinary quesadilla where tortilla is filled with cheese and then grilled. This Salvadoran creation is, in fact, a dessert! It’s a rich, delightful cheese filled bread / pound cake which is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com

Now that my blog is a little bit more popular and I am getting more emails, comments, and messages on Facebook, you will find more recipes suggested by you, my dear readers, here. Last week I made Kedgeree, a delicious British rice and smoked fish dish, suggested by a fellow blogger in the comments section, while today I brought to life the idea given to me by Alejandra, who is from El Salvador. It’s a relatively small country in Central America bordering with Guatemala and Honduras. To be frank, I didn’t know too much about it before that.

I was really happy to exchange emails with Alejandra and to find out more about her home country. The fact that I have never cooked anything from El Salvador before made me even more excited!

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com

The recipe she suggested to start my journey through the cuisine of this interesting country with is Quesadilla Salvadoreña. Now before your imagination draws an image of a grilled tortilla generously filled with cheese and other goodness, which is how we can describe Mexican quesadilla, let me stop you by telling that this Salvadoran quesadilla is nothing like it. In fact, these dishes are even not in the same category: the one coming from El Salvador is a dessert!

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com

You heard me right. Quesadilla Salvadoreña is a sweet cheese filled bread / pound cake. The type of cheese usually used to make it is queso duro – a Parmesan-like Salvadoran cheese. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find it, I certainly didn’t, but don’t worry, though. The good old Parmesan cheese, which is perfectly accessible everywhere, is a great substitute. The majority of recipes online use it.

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com

The end result is a rich, not too sweet, delightful cake. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. If you will ever visit El Salvador, you should be able to find Quesadilla Salvadoreña in every local bakery (panadería). If you won’t have such a chance, just devote 15 minutes of your time and bring Salvadoran flavors into your own kitchen.

This cake was so good my family didn’t leave any crumbs behind. I am undoubtedly adding it to the collection of my most favorite international recipes. Thanks, Alejandra! Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Quesadilla Salvadoreña is not your ordinary quesadilla. This one is a dessert! A rich and crazy delicious sweet cheese bread / pound cake from El Salvador. So good! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Quesadilla Salvadoreña - Sweet Cheese Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Quesadilla Salvadoreña is a traditional Salvadoran sweet cheese bread. Really easy to make and so great with a cup of tea or coffee!

Cuisine: Salvadoran
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories Per Serving: 317 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds , for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the grated cheese with the milk until very well combined. Set aside.

  2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and add them to another bowl. Beat with a mixer until soft peaks form. Now add the yolks, one by one, and continue beating after each addition. Set aside.

  3. Sift the flour and the baking powder together into a third bowl. Add the sugar and stir. Now add the egg white and yolk mixture to the flour and mix well until all the flour is incorporated.

  4. Add the sour cream, melted butter, and the cheese and milk mixture. Mix well until smooth.

  5. Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter and lightly flour a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the batter spreading it evenly. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the baking dish. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cocinando Con Ingrid Youtube channel


Nutrition Facts
Quesadilla Salvadoreña - Sweet Cheese Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.3g 28%
Cholesterol 82.2mg 27%
Sodium 203.7mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 32.2g 11%
Sugars 19.5g
Protein 6.9g 14%
Vitamin A 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Pretty February 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

    This recipe reminders me of a middle eastern cheese/sweet dessert. Great to see something different!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Which one? Thanks for the comment!

      • Reply Alexia February 28, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        I bet it’s kanafeh I had the same reaction haha


        • Reply Igor March 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

          Thanks! I googled it and as I see kanafeh is much more cheesy 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Well that sounds like a fun bread!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:23 am

      It surely is, Rebecca!

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I simply love how your are taking reader suggestions and sharing them on here. I’d never heard of Quesadilla Salvadoreña and from the heading thought it was indeed a stuffed quesadilla – but this sounds absolutely delightful and would indeed go so well with a cup of coffee.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Now we know more Quesadilla types than any average person, ha!

  • Reply Dannii February 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I have never heard of this before, but it sounds incredible. I have such a sweet tooth and I love cheese, so it’s a perfect combination for me.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Yup, it’s right up your alley!

  • Reply Kristen Chidsey February 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    WOW! This is such a new dish for me! I am pretty sure that I would absolutely LOVE it.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

      You surely would, Kristen. Try it!

  • Reply Tina February 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I have never heard of this before, but it looks incredibly delicious. Thanks for sharing something that’s a bit out of the ordinary. I’ll be saving this to try!

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

      That’s my mission, ha! To explore the world and share with you something you have never tried before 🙂

  • Reply Platter Talk February 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Interesting recipe that sound good. I love trying new things, so here we go!


    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

      It’s always nice to try something new from time to time 😉

  • Reply The Food Hunter February 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have not heard of it.

    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      You are welcome!

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry February 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I haven’t heard of Quesadilla Salvadoreña before but why not! These look scrumptious that’s for sure


    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      There is always a first time 😉

  • Reply Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen February 27, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this type of quesadilla before, but it sounds and looks absolutely incredible. Love that it’s sweet, but also uses Parmesan!


    • Reply Igor February 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

      I am a sucker for cheese filled desserts too 😉

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