How to Bake Pandesal or Pan de Sal – the Everyday Filipino Bread
Pandesal or pan de sal is a simple bread that happens to be the most popular of its kind in the Philippines.
It is basically made with yeast, flour, egg, milk, and sprinkles of salt and sugar.
Pandesal – Simple Yet Special for the Filipinos
What makes this bread very special for the Filipinos is that it is very versatile.
Filipinos love eating this modest bread warm, on its own or with cheese, butter, margarine, sardines, hotdogs, sausages, eggs, peanut butter, coconut jam, or just about any kind of filings or palaman.
How Pandesal Tastes Like and How to Eat It
The traditional way of eating pandesal in the Philippines is to dip it in either hot coffee or chocolate before biting.
Hot coffee and chocolate help make Filipinos feel warm in chilly mornings and help soften pandesal’s outer layer a bit .
The time-honored way of making pandesal is to make the outside crusty and stiff and the inside soft and sweet.
Over time, recipes have changed and Filipinos have opted for a quicker and cheaper way of making their favorite bread.
Today, pandesal is soft on the outside and even softer on the inside. Its taste is slightly sweet.
In spite of the changes in recipes, pandesal has managed to remain a staple in Filipino agahan or breakfast.
It is a bread that Filipinos love eating with their family members in the mornings or right before they head off to work or school.
Where and When to Buy Pandesal in the Philippines
So accepted is pandesal in the Philippines that it is unimaginable not to find it in a typical Filipino bakery in the mornings.
Almost all bakeries in the Philippines sell pandesal.
Recently, pandesal has also been sold in “rolling bakeries” that are actually bicycles carrying boxes that store different kinds of bread and keep them warm as well.
Note though that you have to buy pandesal early in the morning as bakeries usually bake just enough supply for the Filipino agahan or breakfast.
They bake a different set of breads, usually sweeter and fancier than pandesal, in the afternoon when Filipinos start craving for afternoon snacks or merienda.
Recipe for Pandesal
Ingredients for Baking Pandesal
- bread flour – 4 cups
- breadcrumbs – ½ cup
- butter – 5 tablespoons; melted
- egg – 1 piece; raw
- milk – ¼ cup; fresh
- salt – 1 teaspoon
- sugar – white; ½ cup
- water – ½ cup
- yeast – 2 teaspoons
Steps for Baking Pandesal
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, pour in water.
- Add in yeast and dissolve it completely in the water.
- Pour in milk.
- Add in sugar and butter, making sure that they are well-melted.
- Set aside.
- In another medium-sized mixing bowl, place flour.
- Sprinkle salt.
- At the center of the flour, pour the mixture from the other mixing bowl.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Knead the dough on a table until it becomes elastic.
- Feel free to powder your hands and the table while kneading the dough.
- Divide the dough in 20 equal portions.
- Form each of the dough in cylindrical or round shapes.
- Set them aside on a parchment or wax paper for two hours.
- After about two hours, sprinkle water and breadcrumbs onto the dough.
- Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
- Bake for 15 minutes max.
Ta-da-da your Philippine pandesal is ready to eat! Enjoy your traditional Filipino breakfast!
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