Cuban cheese roll is our favorite pastry from Dean & Deluca. It’s what we always order to go with our brewed coffee.
I haven’t had those yummy cuban cheese rolls since the start of Covid 19 pandemic. I miss the buttery pastry filled with sweet cream cheese so I thought maybe I can try try to make it at home.
It’s puff pastry with cream cheese filling, pretty simple. Puff pastries are easily available now unlike before; I just needed to get the right amount of sweetness and figure out what to use as glaze.
I got it on my second attempt. On my first try, I added egg to the filling but the egg yolk gave the filling a slightly yellow hue and it feels “heavy”. I remember the cuban cheese roll from Dean&Deluca is white and lighter.
So then I omitted the egg and used confectioner’s sugar to sweeten it instead of light brown sugar ( I do not have regular white sugar) to make the filling white just like the original — Dean & Deluca’s cuban cheese rolls.
I’m happy with the outcome and so I’m to sharing the recipe, here. Hope you’ll give it a try. It’s actually very easy to make.
If you want something not chocolate for a change on Valentine’s Day, this is a good alternative.
Pair it with your favorite cup of coffee
Make the filling by combining cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar plus vanilla bean paste
Place the thawed puff pastry on a work surface and divide by four
Put about 1 tablespoon of filling on each square
Apply water on the sides of the pastry. Fold the dough over the filling, roll and pinch at the end to seal so the filling will not ooze out when baking.
Apply glaze on top of each pastry rolls and bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes.
Cool before serving
Cuban Cheese Rolls (Dean & Deluca copycat)
- Before you start, make sure to take out puff pastry from the freezer to thaw and take out cream cheese from the fridge a few hours before to bring to room temp.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Make the filling first.
- Put softened cream cheese, vanilla paste and confectioner's sugar in a medium bowl.
- Using wire whisk or fork (it will take longer) whip until smooth and creamy, set aside.
- Make the glaze by combining confectioner's sugar and water in a small bowl.
- Mix well until smooth and no more lumps, set aside
- Lay a sheet of thawed puff pastry on a work surface.
- Using a knife, cut across in the center from end to end and from the top to bottom to divide into four equal parts.
- Spoon some filling (about a tablespoon) onto each part, put it on the end near you but leave some space/margin.
- Using fingers or pastry brush, wet the sides of the pastry
- Roll the puff pastry then seal the end by pinching.
- This will prevent filling from oozing out.
- Arrange pastry rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush tops with glaze and bake pastries in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven) Make sure you check it
- Transfer to a wire rack to completely cool before serving