Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just Like Porto's Famous Cheese Rolls

If you are from Los Angeles,
 you know exactly why I CRAVE for this pastry from this local bakery.

Let me tell you, these cheese rolls are 'to die for!'
No exaggeration! Really!
There's always a line when you go to Porto's bakery.
Porto's is a family owned bakery.
A family from Cuba who migrated to the United States for the same reason as all of us migrants.

My husband flies back to Los Angeles a few times a year
and he always brings back this treat.
I actually threaten him to change the locks if he does not bring back any cheese rolls.
My sweet husband always take the time to stand in line and get this tasty pastry.
So here it it my friends who live away from Los Angeles,
and to those who hate the long lines,
fret no more,
you can now make this anytime you crave it.
I am not claiming it taste exactly the same, but you be the judge.

1 box frozen Puff pastry
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 egg
5 tbsp of powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten (to brush)
melted  butter (to brush)
granulated sugar (to sprinkle) 

  • Thaw puff pastry.
  • Once thawed, cut each puff pastry 4 ways to make 8 squares. Or 6 ways to make 12 out of the 2 pastry in a box.
  • Line baking pan with parchment paper.

  • While Puff pastry is thawing, in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, egg, and powdered sugar. Using a mixer, blend well until smooth and creamy.
  • Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of the puff pastry.
  • Tightly roll, you can roll it either way just like the photo shown on the right.
  • Brush top of pastry with beaten egg.
  • Bake  at 400° F for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, brush top of pastry with melted butter and sprinkle granulated sugar on top.
  • Bake for another 5-7 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Every oven is different. The altitude also place a great role on the success of your baking. Here's a link on the adjustments:
  • You have to roll pastry to fully close. If you just fold it once, it will open when you bake it.
  • In this recipe I made about 8 large cheese rolls, but you can make 12 out of one puff pastry box. It will be just the right size.

Serves 8-12


  1. Thanks Ashlee! Now I still wonder why my photos are not good enough for Foodgawker. Hehehe!

  2. Wow! These sound delish! Seriously!

  3. YUM!! Love these! They sound so delicious. So perfect for a dinner party.

  4. what temp. did you bake them at?

    1. Hi Stacey!
      Sorry for the late reply and thanks for noticing that.
      Bake it for 400°F for 10 mins. Take it out of the oven, Brush with butter
      and sprinkle with sugar on top.
      Bake for another 5-7 mins.
      Hope this makes it on time.

  5. OMG i can't wait to try these! I love and miss portos cheeserolls.. these look pretty close to them and I hope they taste the same :D

    1. Let me know what you think.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  6. Portos is my I'm going to try this today..thanks so much for the recipe. Will let u knw if its a success..:)

  7. Where can i buy those puff pastry sheets? Are those ready to bake?

    1. You can get them at the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. It usually sits with the frozen desserts, frozen whipped cream or frozen fruits.

  8. Nice article! I am planning to make my own puff pastry, how thick do you recommend I roll it?
    Thanks so much

  9. I can't really tell from the pictures how you folded it!! I like how its diagonal a bit and not straight like an egg roll. Could you kind of explain it?

  10. OMG I was planing on making my own pastry paste, but I can not wait, tomorrow I ll stop by my store to buy the puff pastry and give this a try
    Thank you very much for sharing ;)
    PS I am in Los Angeles and love porto's ;)

  11. Thank you for the recipe! I couldn't wait to taste them hot out of the oven, but when I took a bite, the filling tasted too eggy for me and the puff pastry wasn't really cooked inside. So I put them back in the oven for another 7 minutes, took them out piping hot, and they were still the same. :( After completely cooling for a couple of hours, I took a bite and they were better! Tasted almost exactly like Porto's! I like them better at room temperature than warm!

  12. I am thinking the original, Porto's, was fried and not baked. Worth frying it to see how much closer you can get to Porto's

    1. Just eating one of Porto's now...I don't think they are fried.

    2. I have 5 boxes of Porto's with me right now... No not all of them are mine... I wish... But they are not fried...

  13. How big did you cut the puff pastry?

  14. We bought three dozen Porto's cheese rolls on our way home from Disneyland yesterday...enjoying one with my coffee now :)

    I'm going to surprise my son and whip up a batch for his birthday! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Used turbinado sugar (Sugar in the raw) on the top rather than granulated sugar, was even closer to Porto's rolls. Also cooked longer than you indicated. I don't think that Porto's are fried. One of my guests even compared them to Porto's not knowing that's what I was attempting.

  16. Where do they buy there dairy products from

  17. I am going to definitely try your recipe! I'm wondering if you have Porto Bakery's beef annd pork tamale recipes?

  18. I am going to definitely try your recipe! I'm wondering if you have Porto Bakery's beef annd pork tamale recipes?

    1. I'm so sorry but I don't have that... yet. 😉

    2. I'm so sorry but I don't have that... yet. 😉


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