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Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls

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Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls

Golfeados - Venezuelan Sweet Rolls

Marian Blazes

Golfeados are Venezuelan sweet rolls, and they have two key ingredients that are both simple and inspired: papelón (the molasses-like by product of sugar cane processing), and queso llanero, a white salty cheese. Both are rolled up inside an anise-flavored sweet roll dough, then baked, drizzled with syrup made from the papelón, and sprinkled with more grated cheese. Genius!

This recipe is a shortcut version using refrigerated crescent roll dough. Feel free to use homemade sweet roll dough (such as this dough prepared in a bread machine). You can find papelón (also called panela) in Latin food markets.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 16 rolls.

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe homemade sweet roll dough, or 3 cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough.
  • 8 ounces semi-soft salted white cheese, like farmer's cheese or quesillo
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • _____
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon anise flavoring
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt

Preparation:

  • Grate the cheese and set aside.

  • Roll out the dough into about 12 b y 18 inch rectangle. If using crescent roll dough, unroll the dough in each can and roll lightly to press seams together, so that you have 3 separate rectangles of dough, thenn join the rectangles together side by side along the longer side.

  • Brush dough with half of the melted butter. Sprinkle all over with 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. Sprinkle 2/3 of the grated cheese on top of the sugar.

  • Roll the dough up into a log, starting with the long side. Slice the log of dough into 1-inch thick slices, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Brush tops of rolls with butter.

  • Bake rolls at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. While the rolls are baking, make the glaze: Bring 2 tablespoons butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses, the anise flavoring, and 1/4 cup water to a boil. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.

  • When rolls are golden brown, remove from the oven and brush with the glaze. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese all over the rolls and return to the oven for about 3-5 minutes, until cheese just starts to melt.

  • Serve warm.
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