Dive into the exquisite and traditional taste of Colombian pastry with the Gloria Cake. This charming sweet treat, originating from Antioquia, offers a fascinating blend of flavors and textures that will make your taste buds dance with joy. The Gloria Cake masterfully combines crispy puff pastry with a deliciously soft and melted filling of guava paste (bocadillo) and cheese, achieving a perfect balance between sweet and savory. And as if that weren't enough, an optional brush of dulce de leche adds an extra touch of indulgence, making this cake a true jewel of Colombian pastry.
It's not just the taste that makes the Gloria Cake a recipe worth learning. The making of this delicious cake is a journey in itself, where valuable pastry techniques, such as handling puff pastry, can be applied to many other culinary delights. So, if you're ready to embark on this tasty culinary journey, grab your cooking utensils and join us in crafting the authentic Gloria Cake. We guarantee it will be as rewarding as it is tasty!
The Gloria Cake is characterized by its puff pastry that contains guava paste, commonly known as bocadillo, and sometimes cheese is also added, which is typically sprinkled with granulated sugar.
Plate with Gloria Cake It's a very popular dessert in Colombia, much loved by its inhabitants and found in most city bakeries, and even better, throughout the country. A cake you can enjoy any time of the year, at any moment, and anywhere.
Over time, it has become one of my favorites. The combination of bocadillo with cheese is truly an irresistible flavor, and if you dare to make and taste it, I'm sure it will soon become one of your favorite cakes too.
Years ago, on a visit to Medellín, we entered a coffee shop. I ordered an iced Milo, and I remember pointing at a sweet treat without even knowing its name. When I tasted it, I was enchanted. Words truly can't describe the sensation this Gloria Cake imparts. From that moment, I felt the need to learn how to make this delicious cake. Months later, I dared to make it, and I have no regrets.
So, if you're a fan of bocadillo or cheese, it's time to try the delicious Gloria Cake. It's really worth making this simple and easy recipe with such an amazing result. Go ahead and make it at home, and if you like, you can replace the bocadillo with dulce de leche, which also tastes wonderful. The choice is yours. Let's cook.
How do I achieve perfect puff pastry for the Gloria Cake?
The secret to getting the perfect puff pastry lies in handling the dough correctly. Keep it cold and don't overwork it, to avoid it getting warm and losing its defined layers. When rolling it out, use just enough flour to prevent sticking but not so much that it dries out the dough. The dough should be thin but not so thin that it breaks when adding the filling.
What type of cheese is recommended for the filling?
While this recipe uses mozzarella, you can experiment with different cheeses. However, it's recommended to use a cheese that melts well, like campesino cheese or double cream cheese. If you prefer a sharper taste, you can try costeño cheese.
Can I prepare the Cakes in advance?
Absolutely! Gloria Cakes are excellent to prepare ahead of time. You can assemble them and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to bake. Ensure they are covered to prevent drying out. If you need to store them for a longer period, you can also freeze them before baking and then bake them straight from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
How can I ensure the filling doesn't leak during baking?
To prevent the filling from leaking, it's crucial to seal the edges of the Gloria Cakes properly. After placing the second dough circle over the filling, press the edges firmly with your fingers or a fork. Also, ensure not to overfill the cakes, as this can also cause leaks.
How do I achieve a uniform sugar coating on my Gloria Cakes?
For a uniform sugar coating, sprinkle the sugar over the cakes as soon as you take them out of the oven. The residual heat will make the sugar stick to the surface, creating a sweet and crunchy coating.
Tips and common mistakes
- Be sure not to overfill the cakes. This can cause them to break during baking, leading to the filling escaping.
- If you're going to freeze the cakes, do it before baking. When thawing, bake them directly from frozen to prevent the dough from becoming sticky.
- It's essential to let the cakes cool a bit after baking before serving. This will allow the filling to set and prevent burns.
Recommendations for similar recipes
- Bocadillo and Cheese Empanadas: They share similar ingredients and are also a delightful sweet and savory snack.
- Almojábanas: This Colombian bread roll also uses cheese in its recipe, offering a similar taste but with a different texture.
- Colombian Buñuelos: Like the Gloria Cake, these are delicious snacks that combine the taste of cheese with a crispy exterior.
I recommend these recipes because they are traditional in Colombian cuisine, just like the Gloria Cake, and will allow you to explore different ways to enjoy similar ingredient combinations. These recipes will give you more options to prepare delicious meals and snacks for any occasion.
- 1 package of puff pastry dough
- Guava paste (bocadillo to taste)
- Mozzarella cheese to taste
- 4 ounces of dulce de leche (optional)
- 1 beaten egg
- Granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).
- Flour a flat surface. Lay the puff pastry on this surface.
- Flour the top of the pastry and roll it out until thin.
- Using a cookie cutter or any circular object, cut out 20 to 24 circles and brush the edges of each circle with the egg.
- In the center of each circle, place 1 slice of guava paste, 1 slice of cheese, and ½ tablespoon of dulce de leche.
- Place another circle on top to encase the filling.
- Seal the edges using your fingers. Repeat the process with all cakes.
- Place the cakes on a tray lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Allow the cakes to cool slightly, then serve warm or at room temperature.