Finest cheese rolls in the South

Joy Jones with her award-winning cheese rolls yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Joy Jones with her award-winning cheese rolls yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The science of making the perfect cheese roll was revealed in Dunedin yesterday.

The New Zealand International Science Festival ultimate southern cheese-roll competition drew 81 entries from around the South Island and a large crowd to the Otago Daily Times festival headquarters in the Wall Street mall.

Joy Jones, of Dunedin, was declared the finest cheese-roll chef in the South.

"It's a very simple recipe I got from my mother [Noeleen Campbell, of Tuatapere]," she said. "We started doing them as bar food when we had the New Orleans Hotel in Arrowtown about 10 years ago and they became really popular.

When we came to Dunedin two years ago, we just carried it on here."

Mrs Jones now makes the rolls for Robbie's Bar and Grill in South Dunedin.

The cheese rolls were judged on taste, texture, appearance and "ooze factor".

The University of Otago food science department assessed their nutritional value.

"The winning cheese rolls were a standout, with a substantial amount of filling - 45% cheese - and a traditional flavour of onion soup mix and evaporated milk," Prof Phil Bremer said.

"The filling was flavoursome, thick, cohesive and smooth, with a full-bodied texture that delivered a rich mouth-feel.

Heating the ingredients in the microwave was key to achieving a homogeneous, easily-spreadable filling that did not separate or go greasy when heated in the cheese roll."

The winning cheese rolls will be on sale at Mojo Cafe in the Wall Street mall until the festival ends on Sunday.

Proceeds will go to Mrs Jones' chosen charity, Living Options Charitable Trust, in Central Otago.

 The winning recipe
- 500g grated cheese (Mainland Mild Blend or Mild Cheddar)
- 1 tin Nestle Carnation evaporated milk
- 1 pkt Maggi onion soup mix
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1 tsp mustard powder1 cup cream

- Heat in microwave for six minutes, stirring in between time.

- Cool, spread lengthways on to long-cut white bread from Marlow's Bakery, South Dunedin.

- Roll into cheese rolls using three folds.


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