These soft and fluffy rolls, made with precooked white cornmeal, cheese, and other basic ingredients, will quickly become your new culinary obsession. Get ready to surprise your loved ones and transport them to beautiful Colombia with every bite of these irresistible homemade Almojábanas.
They are not only perfect for breakfast, but they are also ideal for a snack, accompanied by a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Colombian Almojábanas are a very delicious sweet bread, like buñuelos, pandebonos, and cheese bread, and even empanadas, all of these can be accompanied with a delicious cup of coffee or chocolate at any time of the day.
Almojábanas are often confused with pandebonos, but they are actually very different, if you do not know how to differentiate them, you can find both in most cafeterias or bakeries, to then come and prepare this recipe at home.
What kind of cheese can be used in Almojábanas?
You can use cottage cheese or curd in this Almojábanas recipe. However, if you cannot find these cheeses, you can substitute them with fresh cheese or peasant cheese. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture may vary depending on the cheese you choose.
How can I know if the Almojábanas are well cooked?
When the Almojábanas are golden brown, it is a sign that they are well cooked. Generally, this happens after about 30 minutes of baking at 205°C (400°F). To be sure, you can insert a toothpick into the center of an Almojábana and if it comes out clean, it means they are ready.
Can I prepare them without baking powder?
Although baking powder helps Almojábanas become fluffy, you can omit this ingredient if you do not have it available. However, it is possible that the Almojábanas may be a bit denser and less airy than they would be with baking powder.
How do I preserve this recipe once they are made?
Almojábanas are best preserved in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic at room temperature. They can last up to 2-3 days. If you want to keep them longer, you can store them in the refrigerator, but this may affect their texture.
Can they be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze Almojábanas. Wrap them individually in plastic and store them in freezer bags. They keep well in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before reheating them in the oven or in the microwave.
Tips and tricks for perfect Almojábanas
- Make sure to mix all the ingredients well until you get a homogeneous dough.
- Do not knead the mixture excessively, as this can make the Almojábanas hard.
- Use parchment paper or grease the baking tray well to prevent the Almojábanas from sticking.
Common mistakes when preparing Almojábanas
Not mixing the ingredients properly: This can result in Almojábanas with uneven texture and inconsistent flavor.
Using a very salty cheese: Can make the Almojábanas too salty. Make sure to adjust the amount of salt according to the cheese you use.
Insufficient baking: Almojábanas should be golden on the outside and cooked on the inside. If they are not baked enough, they can be raw in the center.
Other similar recipes
- Colombian Arepas: They share precooked white cornmeal as the main ingredient and are a delicious option for breakfasts and dinners. You can fill them with cheese, meat, avocado, among other ingredients.
- Colombian Buñuelos: They also use cheese and cornmeal in their preparation, although the traditional recipe requires cassava flour instead of corn. They are fried balls, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, ideal to accompany with coffee or hot chocolate.
- Pandebono: It is another traditional Colombian bread that shares ingredients such as cheese and starch. The pandebono recipe uses cassava starch and cornmeal, which gives it a soft and elastic texture. They are served hot and are perfect to enjoy at breakfast or snack.
- Yucca bread: This soft and delicious bun is made with yucca starch, cheese, and eggs. They are ideal to accompany with a cup of coffee and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
I recommend these recipes because they are variations of Colombian breads and snacks that share similar ingredients to Almojábanas. Trying these different recipes will allow you to enjoy the diversity of flavors and textures that Colombian cuisine offers. These recipes are ideal for those who are looking to experiment with different ways to use cornmeal, cheese, and other common ingredients in Colombian cuisine.
- 1 cup precooked white cornmeal or Masarepa
- 1 pound of cottage cheese or curd
- ½ cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of melted butter
- ½ tablespoon of baking powder
- ¼ tablespoon of salt
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 205°C (400°F)
- In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix them very well until you have a homogeneous dough.
- Divide the dough into 10 balls and place them on a baking tray with parchment paper or greasing the tray with butter.
- Leave them baking for about half an hour or until they are golden brown.
- Serve and enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee or cup of chocolate.