No breakfast or snack time is complete without a serving of freshly baked pandesal. We can spread our favorite jam, sandwiched a fried hot-dog on it or simply enjoy it as it is dunk on a hot coffee or hot chocolate.. Truly a versatile bread!
Pandesal as the name implies means salted bread (pan de sal) a Mexican/ Spanish origin. Although the filipino bread rolls are more sweet than their Mexican counterparts. Baking bread is always great as nothing beats freshly baked bread in the house. But let me remind you, that baking is not an easy task. Anyway, the more you practice the better your pandesal gets: more fluffy and not dense at all. Well if all goes wrong, do not forget that we always have a nearby bakery to count on
Recipe adapted from Kulinarya:
Pandesal makes about 40 pieces
First part Yeast preparation:
2 teaspoon of dry yeast
1/4 cup of warm water (59 ml)
Dissolve the dry yeast in warm water. Let it stand until bubble comes out and doubles in size approximately ten minutes. This means that yeasts are active. You can prepare this in advance and keep this covered in a place without too much heat, wind or cold. Set aside and ready for future use.
Ingredients for the Pandesal dough:
750 grams of bread flour
1 and 1/2 cups of warm water
100 grams of sugar
1 tsp of salt
90 grams of butter
some flour for dusting, 1 cup of breadcrumbs
In a bowl put the warm water, egg, sugar, salt and melted butter. On your table put the flour make a small well in the middle and pour the water, egg, sugar, salt and melted butter mixture. Mix them well. Add the active yeast. Knead them well for about fifteen minutes make a ball form and let it stand until it doubles in size. Do your second kneading. Wait until the dough becomes elastic it means that the yeast is working well. You can powder your hands with more flour if it becomes sticky. Cut 40 portions of this dough and form a shape of pandesal. Round elongated and a bit flat on the top. Line them up with spacing over a parchment paper. Let them rise for about 2 hours again. Before bakign them spray the top with water to ensure a crispy crust and powder it with breadcrumbs. Preheat the oven at 200° celsius and bake for about 20-25 minutes. If you are using a bread machine, use your machine to do the two first kneading. Once they are baked dust them with some bread crumbs.