Sunday, September 4, 2011

Easy Cheese Rolls (Porto's Bakery Inspired)

Have you heard of Porto's Bakery in Southern California? My husband's co-worker recommended this place to us when he heard we were planning a trip to Legoland and Sea World. After a quick check on Yelp and finding out it's rated 4-1/2 stars out of over 2,000 reviews - we decided to add it to our itinerary.

We tried their most raved about items. The cheese rolls and potato balls did not disappoint. Between these two, the cheese roll will be easier to make at home since driving 6 hours to Porto's is out of the question when we crave for it.

Here's a super easy version I made. Only three people have tried it so far and have compared it to the original - me, my husband and a friend. Their feedback?

Hubby (via Facebook): "...Pretty close to the original!.."
Friend: (via Viber text): "Omg Marsss!!! Ang sarap ng cheese rolls!!! Kuhang kuha mo ang lasa!!! Thank you!!!" [when translated means, "The cheese rolls were delicious!!! You got the taste!!!"]

This version doesn't look like the Porto's Cheese Rolls which was flakier and had a different shape. I'm sure they made their dough from scratch. It takes at least four (4) hours to make puff pastry from scratch. So, forget that. I just used a can of Pillsbury Crescent.

Tools I Used:

Yield: 8 rolls


  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white (for egg wash)
  • honey
  • white sugar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the cream cheese, egg yolk and powdered sugar using a small whisk. Set aside.

Open the can of crescent dough. Unroll and divide into 8 triangles using perforation.

Place about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on the wide end of the triangle dough. Then roll.

Lay the rolls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Brush each roll with the egg white.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the oven. Brush each roll with honey. And sprinkle with white sugar. Cool completely (if you can wait) before you serve for the filling to settle.

These are great with coffee. Please let me know if you tried this recipe. What's the verdict?

Easy Cheese Rolls (Porto's Bakery Inspired)


  1. This recipe is much tastier and much closer to Porto's style if you use Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets (from the frozen desserts aisle) instead of Crescent rolls.

  2. Hi Candice, thanks. I will try that next time.

  3. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing the recipes.
    What kind of brand cream cheese are you using? What supermarket can I buy this?
    How abt Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets?
    Thanks. Lia.

  4. I tried this today! the filling was soooo creamy and yummy!


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