A cup of hot coffee and pandesal. A usual breakfast among Pinoys. If you are one of those who cannot start the day without a piece of bread, then you might want to consider baking your own dough.
Pandesal comes from the Spanish term pan de sal, which was abbreviated from pan de amusal meaning “bread of breakfast”. It was invented in the 16th century, which was during the Spanish era. Pandesal is a common bread roll in the Philippines made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt. It is soft, airy, chewy, and has a slightly crunchy crust outside. Commonly referred to as “the poor man’s bread”, pandesal is a cheaper alternative to rice.
In the Philippines, almost every bakeshop offers pandesal. You can also find varieties of this bread, such as raisin pan de sal, whole wheat pan de sal, cheese pan de sal, and vegetable pan de sal. One of the currently famous version is malunggay pandesal.
How to make pandesal? Here is an easy-to-follow recipe that you will surely love!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups bread flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 5 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1¼ cup fresh milk (lukewarm)
- 1 pouch rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. cooking oil
- Combine the yeast, sugar, and milk and stir until the yeast and sugar are fully dissolved. I’ve chosen milk instead of water because it just tastes better, but you can always use lukewarm water instead of the milk.
- In the mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder then mix well.
- Add the egg, butter, cooking oil, and yeast-sugar-milk mixture in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients then mix again until dough is formed. You can use your hands to effectively mix the ingredients.
- In a flat surface, knead the dough until the texture becomes fine.
- Mould the dough and put back in the mixing bowl, cover with damp cloth and let the dough rise for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- After the dough has risen, transfer to a lightly floured working surface. Roll into a log then cut into four to six equal pieces. Take another portion of the dough, roll again into a log and cut into equal pieces, repeat this step until all the dough is done.
- Roll each piece of dough in breadcrumbs then arrange on a baking tray for at least an inch apart, you don’t want it sticking together when it rises later on.
- Leave the dough in the tray to rise again for 15-20 minutes.
- Pre heat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degree Celsius) for 10 minutes. If using a fan assisted oven, reduced the heat according to instructor’s manual.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned outside.
Source: Filipino Food Online
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