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Panela is a fresh white cheese known for its versatility. It can be eaten alone as a dessert with slices of "ate" (fruit paste) or in this flavorful way combined with oil and oregano. Queso fresco or a fresh mozzarella that is packaged with its whey can be substituted.
- Place cheese in an earthenware or ovenproof dish. Pierce the outside of the cheese with a fork.
- In a small bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, corn oil and oregano until they are thoroughly blended. Pour over the cheese. Refigerate, covered, for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. During this time, baste the cheese with the oil 3 or 4 times.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake the cheese for 15 minutes or until slightly soft. Serve warm with crackers or sliced bolillos (hard bread rolls).