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What is this cheese confection?

Asked by MrsDufresne (3547points) October 5th, 2010

It is a cheddar cheese, bar shaped confection, with thin layers of cheese dough, almost exactly like a butterfinger bar, but with cheddar cheese instead of peanut butter and chocolate.

My neighbor called them cheese blintzes, but that wasn’t the same dish. Cheese Straws sound very similar, but don’t have the layered texture.

It is almost as if they are made from phyllo dough made with cheese.

This dish has been a mystery to me for years, ever since I had it when I was about 6 years old.

If anyone can help me find what it is called, and how it is made I would be ever so thankful!!!

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skfinkel's avatar

When you get the answer, give us the recipe!

Blueroses's avatar

That sounds so delicious. Is it something similar to this or this

MissAusten's avatar

@Blueroses Wow, those look yummy! Kind of like spanokopita without the spinach! Love that stuff!

MrsDufresne's avatar

@skfinkel Yep, I sure will. ;)
@Blueroses Those are very similar. Especially the first one, the only difference is the one that I am curious about had a crispy layered texture, and it was orange in color, like cheddar.

MissAusten's avatar

@MrsDufresne Could this be a regional or ethnic dish? Where did you have it, and where was your neighbor from?

MrsDufresne's avatar

@MissAusten I had it in about 1980 when I was six, at a Birthday party that my neighbor had for her daughter. I think the were from Connecticut.

MissAusten's avatar

haha I live in Connecticut! Lots of Italians around here. Did their last name end in a vowel? ;)

The only other similar thing I can think of would be these Italian pastries called pasticiotti. They can be filled with ricotta cheese or a chocolate or vanilla cream. There’s also sfogliatelle, which has more layers of pastry and is usually made with ricotta they are my personal favorite and fit your description better…except they aren’t really yellow, at least when I’ve had them.

Is the recipe you’re looking for sweet, or savory? Do you remember what shape it was in, or any other details that might help? The nationality of your hosts?

MAN I want a sfogliatelle right now!

MrsDufresne's avatar

@MissAusten I think their last name was Stewart, but I’m not 100 percent sure. Not sure of their nationality either. These were savory, salty, and cheddar-y. They were in the shape of bars, about 2” by 5” . That sfogliatelle is calling my name! YUM! That looks a lot like what I remember, except they weren’t filled with cheese, the layers were the cheese. The flavor was reminiscent to a Cheez-it cracker, but much more scrumptiously delicious.

MissAusten's avatar

OK, this is driving me crazy.

Maybe it was something similar to these Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks. There’s no photo, but it sounds like it might be close. This recipe has you twist the dough into a corkscrew shape, but it could just as easily be made into rectangles, squares, or even triangles. The way it’s put together, I’m wondering if the cheese would sort of meld with the pastry as it bakes?

The only other thing I can think of would be to browse this glossary of pastry terms. I made it to the M section before I decided I was torturing myself. The photos are scrumptious. Anyway, you might see something that will lead you in the right direction!

And please, if you ever figure it out, come back and tell us! :)

MrsDufresne's avatar

Yep, I sure will. Thank you so much for helping me try to find it. I was thinking about trying to make them myself by making the dough for cheese straws, rolling it out very very thin, lightly flouring each layer, and stacking 10 or so layers together and baking it. It may turn out great or, it may be a big mess. I’ll have to experiment. :) I’ll post here when I take ‘em out of the oven!!!!

Blueroses's avatar

I came across this recipe today that reminded me of this question. I know it’s not exactly what you were looking for but maybe the flavor and texture would be similar. Plus, it looks really simple to make.

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