Pandesal is a popular breakfast food in the Philippines. They are oblong formed buns which have been rolled in bread crumbs before baking. They are light and fluffy, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. In the Philippines they are usually dunked in coffee but I prefer to eat them with cheese, jam, or a cream cheese spread. They are best hot out of the oven! Freeze the leftovers, when reheated they are just as good.
Our son has caregivers who are from the Philippines and they were telling me about these buns. I was intrigued so decided to give it a try and they turned out amazing! I have already made them twice in one week! I brought some to our son's home for the guys to try..I wasn't sure how they compared but they assured me that they were very good!
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 4 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- Breadcrumbs, approx 1/4 cup
- Combine milk and water and heat in microwave till warm.
- Whisk in softened butter, sugar and egg.
- Add flour, salt, and yeast.
- Knead till all is well combined. I used the kneading hook on the mixer. The dough will be quite sticky.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
- Pour bread crumbs into a bowl. Using a spoon scoop dough and drop into the bread crumbs.
- Roll ball of dough in the crumbs till coated, and shape into oblong buns.
- Place on parchment lined pans, cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled in bulk.
- Bake at 375º for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
- Yields: 2 dozen.