Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Salvadorian Quesadillas (a.k.a. Quesadillas)

Seasonal Recipe of the Week
This is a really simple brunch recipe to start the new year right. It's for these heavenly cakes from El Salvador which they call quesadillas, who knew? Even if you are severely hung over (and you wouldn’t be if you showed some moderation or had a few packets of Emergency C before you went to bed) you could still make this.

1 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated hard cheese, such as Cojita or Parmesan
sesame seeds, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350F. Whisk together the rice flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, in the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter with sugar. Drop in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Next beat in the sour cream, cheese, and rice flour mixture until a smooth batter forms. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling each one about 80% of the way up (this batter does not rise much). Sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. This recipe makes 18 small cakes.

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