Quick Cheesy Quesadillas Recipe

Quesadillas

I have a new super easy and fun recipe perfect for you. Not only kids love cheesy quesadillas. With added creativity, you can transform basic quesadillas into holiday pica pica.

Make our own tortillas with these simple steps.

Flour Tortilla Ingredients
1/2 kilo flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 whole egg
butter, softened

Making the Tortillas
Whisk all ingredients until they cling together. Texture should be tight enough to hold into a dough. Form a ball and roll in a lightly floured surface, then knead the ball flat into half cm thickness. Your raw tortilla should be about 8-10 inches in diameter. Repeat steps until you are ready to heat tortillas on a non-stick pan. Brush pan with butter. Cook each side for about 30 seconds or when air pockets have decompressed.

Quesadillas

Making Quesadillas
For the cheese filling, you will be needing a combination of cheeses, preferably Monterey Jack and cheddar. Follow photo instructional. Brush pan with butter. Cooking time of quesadillas will depend on crunchiness desired.

Serve with salsa. To add a festive touch, dish up with avocado wedges and sour cream. You can also create unique fillings when you are able to perfect your tortillas. Enjoy!

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Festive Bulacan “Pinaso” Dessert (a step-by-step guide)

Pinaso

Today’s recipe is also from the historical cookbook, Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan, (Zita Publishing Corp., 1993), penned by the late Bulacan food historian, Mrs. Milagros Santiago-Enriquez, and translated in English by BlauEarth for this post. If you enjoyed gorgorya, you’ll likewise enjoy pinaso and its cross-cultural character. Said to be Mexican in origin, the dish dates back to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.

Pinaso is the Filipino word for scorched. Tourists visiting Bulacan, Tita Mila wrote, take joy in the unique way of preparing the dessert. Indeed, one of the memorable dishes featured by Chef Sandy Daza on Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints that earned the nod of the foodistas among the crew. The taste is a cross between leche flan and crème brûlée.

Pinaso

I did an all-new picture guide for your reference. Dayap was unavailable so lemon rind was used. You can perhaps tweak the sweetness to suit your preference.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers
5 eggs
dayap rind, grated
1/4  cup granulated sugar

Pinaso

Preparation:

Mix together milk, eggs and crackers and cook until thick. Add dayap rind and the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Pour mixture into a shallow dish. Sprinkle top with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. With a “nagbabagang siyanseng bakal” (red-hot steel turner), scorch the surface until sugar turns into a deep amber caramel.

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Revive the dying Filipino customs and traditions with this utterly simple but lovely treat. Maligayang Pasko!

Thanking food historian Milagros Santiago-Enriquez for the recipe, the Lifestyle Network’s FoodPrints and Lynne.

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