I know a lot of people who absolutely CANNOT have noche buena without cheese balls. When I ask my friends what they’ll be having for their Christmas feast, majority of them always mention cheese ball along with other delicious Christmas treats that typically only pop up during the holidays. My grandfather and uncle are huge fans of cheese ball, so sometimes we start conversations about it that make my mind travel to those colourful boxes of Danes Cheese Ball, which have been mainstays in supermarkets every Christmas season.
Each bite makes me wish the Danes Cheese Ball was present all year round so I can stuff myself with it not just during Christmas but everyday! I guess my love for it is an inherited quality from my grandfather? I’ve been having slices of it with my pan de sal during breakfast for a week now, and I have to stop myself lest I finish the whole ball on my own. The other cheese balls my Mother has already taken into safe-keeping haha! Must leave some for sharing with the family on Christmas! 😉
Speaking of Christmas, the day is drawing ever nearer. Are you excited? It’s my favourite season in the whole year, not just because it’s filled with gifts, but it is a moment where I get to have a jolly good time with my family while a ton of food is laid out in front of us. And at the centre of it all will be the magical Danes Cheese Ball!
Basking in cheesy goodness during the holidays, whether literally or figuratively, is such a lovely tradition! Which is why for many Filipinos, having this red ball of goodness on their Christmas hapagkainan is a must. I feel like everybody loves cheese regardless of age, which makes Danes Cheese Ball not just great for eating but also for gifting to your friends and family.
Danes Cheese Ball is definitely something that should not be missed especially since it is only available during the Christmas season. And as much as I enjoy the Danes Cheese Ball in its pure unadulterated form, it was also a sublime addition to these Cheese-Paprika Muffins.
Danes Cheese Ball is creamy, cheesy, and delicious all on its own. You can pair it with wine and nuts and dried fruits, with just a touch of honey, and it’ll be a wonderful appetizer already. But you can also mix it into your spaghetti sauce, aside from topping it, to give your spaghetti an awesome flavour boost.
The Danes Cheese Ball can be pureed into a lovely Cheesy Pimiento Spread, and I know of some people who like to use this in their Fried Cheese Sticks because they don’t melt too much and turn runny once cooked in hot oil.
The Danes Cheese Ball recipe I’m sharing today is something you can have whether for breakfast, or as a dessert after lunch or dinner. And it’s something I promise you WILL want any time of the day because it’s soooo good! I can guarantee if you make this for your Noche Buena and serve it with a few slices more of Danes Cheese Ball, this will be completely sold out.
This super easy recipe starts with your dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then you mix it together into this lovely thick batter with some shredded Danes Cheese Ball. The magic comes from the combo of savoury cheese and sweet condensed milk, with the paprika giving it the slightest of smokiness. Smells amazing in and out of the oven!
Makes 12 to 14 muffins
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup shredded Danes Cheese Ball, divided use
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- 2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and paprika. Set aside.
- 3. In another large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add both eggs and mix until well-combined.
- 4. Add 1/3 of the flour mix into the wet ingredients and combine until just a few streaks of flour remain, then add in 1/2 of the condensed milk and mix well. Continue alternating with the last 2/3 of flour and 1/2 of milk until everything is mixed in. (The pattern is flour > mix > condensed milk > mix > flour > mix > condensed milk > mix > flour.) The batter will be thick.
- 5. Add 3/4 cup of the shredded Danes cheese ball and blend well. Transfer batter to prepared muffin tins, filling just a little over 3/4 full. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. (You can use more cheese at this point if you wish.)
- 6. Bake muffins in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and the cheese becomes slightly browned and toasted, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean. Do not overbake!
- Muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days, after which you can store them in the fridge. Heat them up for a few minutes in the toaster (remove the muffin liners first!) before eating for best experience.
Christmas will not be complete without Danes Cheese Ball, so I hope you all make it a part of your Christmas tables too! Danes Cheese Ball is available in three sizes: Php 190 for 350 grams, Php 261 for 500 grams, and Php 395 for 750 grams. For more information and yummy recipe suggestions, like the Danes Cheese Ball Facebook page! 🙂
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