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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

QUEIMÓN (GAL) WITH THE MEDIEVAL SPANISH CHEF'S HEAVENLY RECIPE FOR GALLEGAN CHEESECAKE

Cast. quesadilla, And. almohábana, Eng a cake or fritter in which the batter is mixed with cheese.  It is an forerunner of the Andalusian. almohábana, which in turn is of Roman origin. In Al Andalus, it was like a fritter in that the dough was filled with a regional goat cheese called quesadilla.
The Batter
Photo by: Lord-Williams



In Villena’s day it could be a meat or sweet pastry or just cheese. It was made during specific periods of the year. In Leon it was a cheese made in Lacinan but today is a hot ewe’s cream cheese or a mixture of animal meat.

Today it can made as filling for Mexican tortillas and served as a snack. During Passover, the Jews make it with mazto dough. See almojabanas, levanduras, mantecados, quesada, and tarta de queso.


[Anón/Granja. 1960:79:23.Anón/Huici. 1965:142:96-97:409:225-226:410:226 etc; ES: Anón/Lord. “almojábanas. Aug 24, 11; ES: Lord:”almuerzo.”Aug 31, 11:”levanduras.”Nov 25, 15: and “mantecados.” Mar 21, 16; Marin. 33:125-126:34:126:35:127 etc; Trapiello. 1994:141; and
Villena/Calero. 2002:120]

GALLEGAN CHEESECAKE, THE MEDIEVAL SPANISH CHEF’S RECIPE

Ingredientes
Heavenly Smells Flowing from the Oven!
Photo by: Lord-Willliams

4 eggs
1 c granulated sugar
1 c yogurt
1 c whole milk
1 c flour
1 Royal yeast envelope
8 oz cream cheese 
10 oz requesón cheese shredded
2 tbsp cognac
zest from ½ lemon

Garnish
a drizzle of honey

Preparation

Beat eggs. Add sugar and continue beating until double in size. Add yogurt mix well. Add milk and beat again.


Add flour with yeast. Beat to a fine cream. Take care not to beat too much as it will become too bubbly. Add cognac and lemon zest. Stir well.

Grease a cake tin with butter. Sprinkle it with flour. Pour the batter into it and bake 15 minutes at 400º F/200º C. Reduce heat to 350 ºF/175ºC and continue to bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

If the cake browns too quickly cover the top with a damp rag.

When done, remove from oven and let cool 1-2 hours. Remove from cake tin and place on a serving dish. Drizzle honey over it before serving.

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