Here’s an easy pandesal recipe so you can make the quintessential Filipino bread roll at home. It’s crunchy outside, soft and fluffy inside, perfect with butter or dipped in your morning coffee.
Are you a Filipino living abroad like me? Then you’re probably thinking why bother making pandesal at home when you can get them pretty easily at the Asian store. One reason: nothing beats the smell of freshly baked pandesal filling your kitchen.
And it’s not just any smell. It’s THE smell. One sniff of freshly baked pandesal and I’m back at my nanay’s dining table, eating pandesal filled with Lily’s Peanut Butter that she prepared for me after school. Or it’s a Sunday morning and I’m happily eating pandesal (out of those little brown paper bags) that my mom bought from the local panaderia after church.
Not a Filipino? Then you are in for a treat. Unlike dinner rolls or the regular loaves of bread we get, this recipe for Filipino bread rolls is egg-free, has a very subtle hint of sugar and salt, crunchy outside and soft inside. It’s certainly unique and absolutely delicious. Give it a go and find out why Filipinos all over the world love it.
Patience is key
I won’t lie to you – it probably is quicker for you to get in your car, drive to the store and buy pandesal. But there’s something so fulfilling about making your own bread. And I’m not kidding about the smell. I may or may not have cried.
Who knew so many memories can be attached to a single bread roll eh? I guess food (and food smells!) work that way, especially for immigrants like me.
Different kinds of pandesal
I can’t claim that this pandesal recipe is for the “traditional” pandesal however; I’ve eaten different kinds (big, small, light, dense) to know that each province, town or city probably has their own version so there’s technically no traditional kind.
This is the pandesal I grew up on. Crunchy, soft, sweet and salty all at once.
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I’ve looked around for pandesal recipes for a long time and this is the result of me tweaking and trying to make it easier. It’s still lots of steps but trust me, you will be rewarded with delightful pandesal that’s perfect with butter and jam, as a side to a savoury dish, or do as Filipinos do and dip it in your morning coffee.
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