Maseca, cheese and rocoto quick bread.- The art of home baking

I have a deep affection for bread. I could eat it all day long, with butter or cheese, but rarely with marmalade, unless it’s guava jelly from Nicaragua.

Living in Peru, I was amazed by the amount of artisanal breads that I found wherever I looked. There, they are baked daily without preservatives, hence, with a short  shelf life, which is a good thing if you like to eat fresh, healthy food. The flavors are striking, and the immense variety of stone grind cereals make wonderful breads. One of my favorites is called chapla -from Ayacucho, high in the mountains- and it looks like pita bread. Chuta –from Cusco– is another darling of mine, but I must say that I love them all.

Today I woke up thinking of all these beautiful breads, and felt a sudden urge to bake. However, I didn´t want to wait for hours to have my homemade bread ready, so I decided to follow a recipe I adapted many years ago, from The Best Quick Breads, a wonderful book that I like very much. It´s a cheese and Maseca (corn flour) quick bread. The result is spectacular: cakey, soft, with the spicy flavor of rocotoand bell peppers, and a hint of corn/tortilla. Subtle yet bursting with flavor. And perfect for entertaining! Your guests will be blown away by this tasty homemade bread.

In Peru I use Paria cheese, from the Andes, but today I didn´t have any Peruvian cheese at home, so I used the one I had at hand: a Salvadorean Petacones with loroco, a white stringy cheese that melts beautifully and has the flavor and perfume of loroco flowers, just like pupusas with loroco. I bake the breads in a cast iron pan, but you can use muffin tins or a round baking pan. They are best if eaten the same day, or do as I do: wrap them individually in foil, and store them in a tin. To warm up, put them in a 350ºF oven without the foil, until the cheese melts again.

How do you like your bread? Do you have a favorite recipe?

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Cheese and Peppers Maseca Quick Bread
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • ½ orange (red or yellow) bell pepper, diced
  • ½ rocoto chili pepper, seeded and ribbed, diced (I used canned rocotos)
  • ¾ cups cake flour
  • ¾ cup Maseca for tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup grated cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Heat the oil in a pan, add bell pepper and rocoto and cook for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Turn off the heat. Reserve.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  3. In another bowl combine egg, sour cream, buttermilk, cooked rocotos and peppers, and pour over the dry ingredients. The mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Oil the skillet or baking pan. If you are using the skillet, put in the hot oven for a few minutes. Take it out of the oven and pour the batter into the skillet or pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Take out of the oven, sprinkle with the grated cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Turn off the oven, wait a few minutes for the bread to cool a bit, and enjoy!


 

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Comments

  1. it looks super delicious! I miss homemade bread so much, that I feel like baking , not sure if is going to look like yours, but I will try my best!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful quick bread recipe. Looks deliicious!

  3. I want to try this recipe soon! We love bread and cheese…a perfect combination!
    Definitely, we can do lots of things with Maseca, awesome!

  4. WOW! This bread looks so tasty! And I love the mold! I’ll have to try out this recipe for sure!!!

  5. I love this recipe….. the bread has my name written all over it…. I want some butter and jam on that bread.

  6. baking IS such an art!This sounds delicious. I wish I had the skills to make this.

  7. I eat bread almost every day! Addicted! And ricotta? So good. You’re giving me a new way to eat bread. No bueno! Lol.

  8. Que dilicia! These are one of my faves.

  9. Que riico!!! Esto lo tengo que probar si o si…mira que todas las mañanas estoy desayunando oatmeal con Quinoa pero esa es otra historia. Saludos!

    • Peru Delights says:

      Amo la avena con quinua y una cucharadita de maca en polvo. Es buenísima. Pero estos pancitos están maravillosos, vale la pena comerse un par de vez en cuando.

  10. Perfect combination!! Looks really tasty!

  11. This looks DELICIOSO! I must learn how to bake. :)

  12. What a great recipe. I have a serious affection for breads, too, but I’m started to eliminate from my diet… i just love it too much… I don’t think I’ve ever had an authentic Peruvian bread, let alone make one. I need to change that!

  13. I adore quick breads and the flavor combo is divine. Thanks for sharing mi maseca amiga!

  14. I never heard of these breads..can taste them in my mind and most definitely would want to try this recipe and it looks simple to make. Thanks for sharing. My son likes anything with cheese and I am sure he will love it too.

  15. I’m a glutton for any kind of bread, especially of the cheesy variety! Love this =)

  16. I definitely have a weakness for bread. These look delicious.

  17. I love bread but stay away from it, unfortunately, due to my low to zero carbs (die)t. However, I cheat on weekends or special occasions which puts this Peruvian artisanal bread at the top of my Cheat List. Beautiful pics match beautifully written childhood memories, too!

    • Peru Delights says:

      If you’re gonna cheat, you better do it with the best of the best, no? And what’s best than homemade food?

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