One of the best culinary hot spots Puerto Rico has to offer are their wonderful bakeries, locally referred to as panaderías. A wide-array of delicious traditional foods are available at these mom-and-pop run shops, ranging from the freshest of breads, pastries, sandwiches and coffee.
Like Starbucks, these locally-run bakeries are located on almost every corner. Unlike the corporate coffee company, however, their coffee costs a fraction of the price.
A simple espresso with warm milk—otherwise known as cortados—cost a mere 50 cents, and, while organic chocolate mouse may not be waiting for you behind the glass counter at one of these panaderías, your palette remains destined to salivate at the array of delicious Puerto Rican pastries made fresh daily.
One of the most popular pastries is called a quesito. This oven-baked pastry is a flaky, slightly crispy, sugar-coated treat stuffed with vanilla-flavored cream cheese and can best be appreciated with a tall glass of milk or hot flavorful coffee. It is not guaranteed, however, that fans of this regional dish might find this local pastry beyond the island’s coast.
So for those who wish to satisfy their quesito craving, or anyone who just yearns to try something knew, here is the recipe for this simple and impressive treat certain to fulfill your taste buds with less than 25 minutes in the kitchen.
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