How to make a delicious quesada pasiega

Los Valles Pasiegos is a beautiful Cantabrian region (Spain) that borders on the north with the Bay of Santander Region, on the east with the Asón-Agüera Region and on the west with the Comarca del Besaya.

It is a wonderful valley, where we find the Miera Valley (which impacts by its spectacular landscape), the Valley of the Pas (cradle of the first settlements of pasiegos in the region) and the Pisueña Valley (where we find the Park of the Nature of Cabárceno).

It is in this beautiful place where we find the Quesada Pasiega, a typical dessert from the Pasiegos Valleys, which was once elaborated especially in the towns of Vega de Pas, Selaya and Alceda-Ontaneda. However, today it has become one of the most representative desserts of Cantabria.

What is quesada pasiega, how is it and how is it made?

Basically it is a kind of Biscuit which is composed of curdled cow's milk, accompanied by wheat flour and butter, eggs and sugar. These ingredients are then aromatized grated lemon. Becomes a torrija pasiega if you add cinnamon powder.

Its preparation, as we will see throughout this note, is very simple given that only all the ingredients must be mixed, kneading them and depositing them in cake molds. Then it is cooked in the oven until its surface is browned.

Its particularity: besides being delicious, it can be served both hot and cold.

Recipe quesada pasiega traditional


  • 2 liters of fresh milk
  • Rennet powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 gr. of melted butter
  • 250 gr. of sugar
  • 100 gr. of wheat flour
  • 1/2 grated lemon peel

Preparation of quesada pasiega:

The elaboration is really very simple. The steps to follow are those that we indicate to you next.

First put the butter out of the fridge, so that it melts at room temperature.

Put the milk in a large saucepan and when it reaches a boil, separate it from the heat, waiting until it reaches 55 degrees. Then add the rennet and stir until you notice that the milk begins to separate from the serum. Carefully strain it through gauze and let it sit for 2 hours. Reservation.

Now proceed to preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

In a large bowl beat the eggs together with the sugar. Add the melted butter and mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Grate the lemon and add the zest to the previous mixture.

Add the curd and crumble it little by little with the help of your fingers until you get a paste.

Sift the flour and add it to the previous mixture, little by little. Finally pour into a cake pan and bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes.

How to taste it:

As we indicated before, the quesada pasiega can be eaten cold or hot. There are those who consume it accompanied with a little honey, and some people even add ice cream (especially when served hot).

Be that as it may, it is without a doubt a typical and delicious traditional dessert, at the same time wonderful, with a unique and almost exclusive texture. Enjoy!. ThemesSponge cake recipes

Quesada Pasiega, jugosa fácil y rápida. (June 2022)