How to Make Filipino Pandesal Bread
Although actually Portuguese in origin, pandesal bread has always been a Filipino favorite. An average Pinoy’s morning will never be complete without some pandesal on the table and a cup of coffee. To make pandesal, all you need are simple ingredients, which include flour, egg, sugar, yeast, and salt. Nevertheless, it remains a bread roll Filipinos will always love.
The pandesal, especially when fresh from the oven, tastes even better when paired with a pat of butter or jam. If you want to bake some yourself, the following recipe will be your guide on how to make pandesal (the dough preparation and rising time are not included).
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What Ingredients to Prepare for the Bread:
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup evaporated milk
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 egg
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons softened butter
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons yeast
How to Make Pandesal Bread:
1. Combine water, milk, and evaporated milk in a container and heat in the microwave for 35 seconds. Place the egg under tap water to warm it.
2. Combine all ingredients except the breadcrumbs. Mix well.
3. The resulting dough should be sticky.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with a nonstick cooking spray.
5. Once the dough has risen, take a small amount (the amount that can fill an ice cream scoop) and roll it in bread crumbs. Shape it into an oval and place on the baking sheet.
6. Once the baking sheet is full, cover it and leave it to rise in a warm place. The dough is ready when it has doubled in size.
7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the bread is golden brown on top.
Pandesal bread can be eaten in different ways, but of course, we Filipinos know it’s always best when you have some hot coffee to dip it in.