In my previous post I discussed my love for the sweet cheese rolls that I ate daily in Miami. Having been unable to find them here in Toronto, I have tried making them with puff pastry and a Pillsbury Crescent package using the same ingredients for both. The cheese mixture was made with one package of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of sugar (though in the future I would use a little less sugar since I do not like desserts that are too sweet) and one egg. This was all mixed together to create the filling. In terms of the pastry itself (for both the puff pastry and the crescent pastry) all I did was put egg wash on the rolls after filling them with the cheese mixture. Then right into the oven they went for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Once baked I sprinkled some icing sugar on them (optional). If you are going to use icing sugar, wait for them to cool or the sugar will melt.
After tasting both pastries, the clear winner was the puff pastry version. The puff pastry was more flaky and the flavor of the pastry did not overpower the cheese filling; it had a great balance of flavors. The crescent rolls on the other hand had a strong artificial flavor of butter that almost seemed to clash with the sweet cheese filling. Well, that’s my opinion anyway. 🙂
Here are a few images of the cheese rolls made with a package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: