- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp yeast
- 2 tsp sugar for proofing
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 cups warm water
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup plain breadcrumb
- Proof the yeast first by combining warm water, yeast and the 2 tsp sugar. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
- Combine all the dry ingredients except for the breadcrumb. Mix it well.
- Then add the butter.
- Add the yeast mixture.
- Mix everything well until it all comes together.
- Knead until it gets elastic.
- Cut the dough in half and make a log of dough out of it.
- Cover it with damp cloth and let it rise for an hour.
- After the first rise, cut the dough into small pieces, about an inch wide.
- After cutting the dough, roll it onto the breadcrumb and let it rise again for another hour.
- Preheat your oven at 350F.
- Bake the dough for about 20 minutes or until it’s golden brown.
- Serve with jam, jelly, or butter while it’s still hot.
Pan de sal or pandesal is one of the most popular bread being served for breakfast in the Philippines. This bread is somewhat crunchy on the outside and fluffy or airy on the inside. It is really good when served hot with cheap cheese, jelly, jam, or even just plain margarine. My favorite was of course the Eden Cheese which I could not find here in Louisiana. I can probably eat ten pandesal especially when it’s served hot. Others like it a little salty but since I have a sweet tooth, I like it a little sweet.
When I was in the Philippines, I ate this almost every morning, and sometimes during the afternoons too. To me at that time, it was so ordinary. I never thought that once I leave the Philippines, I never thought that I would miss this super ordinary pandesal with Eden Cheese. Well, obviously I am wrong. I do miss it and that’s what motivated me to learn how to make it. You see, I am not a baker and I never thought I could make my own pandesal. I tried it three times to finally get the result I wanted. And I can say that I am just so proud of myself that I can make my own pandesal, although if you are in the Philippines, it won’t be considered an achievement because it’s so ordinary over there. Well here, you don’t see it everyday and you can’t buy it anywhere. If you want pandesal, you have to make it.
I asked Nunnie to try this Pinoy recipe of pandesal, and I was just so happy when he said that it’s really really good. That made me even more proud of myself. So, if you want pandesal and you are not in the Philippines, try making some. I did it, you can do it too.