A rich and traditional dessert like few others | quesada pasiega

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Quesada pasiega is famous in the Cantabria region but is also found in other regions of Spain. And it is no wonder because it was born precisely to take advantage of the dairy production of the entire area. By itself, this dessert is sweet and milky. Everything we like.

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About the cheese

Quesada is a traditional dessert of Spanish gastronomy that is found in different regions of Spain, such as Cantabria and Asturias. It is particularly famous in Cantabria and is considered one of the most emblematic dishes of the region along with scorpionfish cake .

It is characterized by its creamy texture and sweet, smooth flavor. It usually includes ingredients such as fresh cheese, eggs, sugar, butter and flour. It is baked until firm and golden on top and is often served in individual portions as a dessert.

Quesada with fresh cheese is one of the most common variants and is made using fresh cheese as the main ingredient. The texture and flavor of fresh cheese provide a rich and creamy base that combines perfectly with the sweetness of sugar and the creaminess of butter.

Is quesada pasiega the same as Asturian quesada and tarte pasiega?

The Asturian quesada is a variant of this dessert found in Asturias. Unlike the Pasiega quesada, the Asturian quesada does not have a specific recipe defined, which means that it can vary depending on the region and the personal taste of the cook.

Tarta pasiega is a very popular dessert in the Cantabria region and is found in most local restaurants and pastry shops.  In addition, it has gained national and international recognition as a dessert representative of the rich gastronomic tradition of Cantabria.

Where is the pasiega quesada from?

The quesada is typical of the Cantabria region , in northern Spain where it had its origin. It has deep roots in Cantabrian culture and has become a symbol of regional identity over the years. It is believed to have its roots in local culinary traditions that were passed down from generation to generation.

One of the key factors in its origin is the abundance of dairy cattle in Cantabria, which led to the development of dairy products, such as fresh cheese , which is used as the main ingredient in this dessert.

Quesada pasiega, in particular, is a variant of the one originating from the pasiega region , a rural area of ​​Cantabria known for its high-quality dairy products.

How long does pasiega quesada last?

How long this recipe lasts will depend largely on how it is stored and cared for. Generally, freshly baked and fresh, it can maintain its optimal quality and flavor for about 3 to 5 days if stored well. This means storing it in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and prevent it from drying out or hardening.

  • If you want to extend the shelf life of this dessert even more, you can choose to freeze it. It is a dessert that freezes well and can be kept for several months in the freezer without losing its flavor or texture. Make sure to wrap it properly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil or a freezer bag before placing it in the freezer.

A fresh quesada can maintain its quality for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and several months in the freezer if stored correctly. Exact shelf life may vary depending on storage conditions and the specific recipe used.

What does the change in texture mean in the quesada?

It is important to keep in mind that over time this dessert may experience a change in its texture, becoming a little denser. However, this does not necessarily indicate that it is in poor condition and it may still be safe for consumption if it has been stored properly. If you notice obvious signs of deterioration, such as mold or bad odor, it is best to discard it.

Pasiega quesada recipe

Yield : 8 servings

Preparation time : 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 500 g of fresh pasiego cheese or similar fresh cheese (it can be cottage cheese or cottage cheese)
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g of sugar
  • 100 gr of butter
  • 100 g of wheat flour
  • Lemon zest
  • Butter and flour
  • Powdered sugar

How to make quesada

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until you have a homogeneous mixture. Melt the butter and add it, mixing well.
  2. Fold in the shredded cheese or use a hand mixer to ensure it is fully incorporated.
  3. Add the lemon zest, the flour and mix until you obtain a smooth dough without lumps.
  4. Grease and flour an oven-safe mold and pour the mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top and firm to the touch.
  5. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle icing sugar over the quesada before serving.
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