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Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Spanish Bread is a popular ‘merienda’ or afternoon snack in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with the Spanish bread of Spain (Pan de Horno) except maybe that they share the same form (rolled) but the Filipino version of Spanish bread has a sweet buttery filling in it!

Spanish bread has been on my list, like forever, but I made it a priority, now that two lovely ladies have been asking for it! This is for you Espie and Belle!

Learn how to make this delicious Filipino Spanish bread for your afternoon snack. | www.foxyfolksy.comMaking the bread itself was no biggie. I read a lot of different recipes for Spanish bread and they all have the same ingredient for the bread, which is similar to Pandesal, so I just used my own recipe for that.

However, it took me four batches to finally get the filling right. That is, at least, my idea of what a Spanish bread filling should be. Sweet (but not overly sweet) and buttery with a bit of a texture to it and moist.

The first batch, I followed what most recipe online uses for a filling: simply mixing butter, sugar and bread crumbs together and spreading it to the dough before baking.

I am not sure if it is the kind of breadcrumbs I used, because they turned out having a dry filling. Maybe it absorbed too much of the butter? But then how come most of it oozed out into the pan while baking, which seems to be a common problem with all the online recipes I found (say the comments).

The second batch was almost the same, only with different measurements plus it adds powdered milk to it. The taste was good though.

Learn how to make this delicious Filipino Spanish bread for your afternoon snack. | www.foxyfolksy.comThe third batch, I only used butter and brown sugar. I also smeared some butter on the center of the dough before adding the filling mixture.

The outcome…slightly moist filling(check) but there was no texture at all. Just a sticky syrup that also dries out once the Spanish bread gets cold. I recommend this recipe if you are eating them immediately after baking.  

So after squeezing my brains out for some ideas, I decided to make an experiment. I cooked the filling!!!

Yup, I cooked the filling before spreading it to the dough of my Spanish bread! It is an additional step you will not find in any of the other recipes online (believe me I read them all, or at least those I found).   But, for me, it was a necessary step to have a moist, textured, no-oozing-while-baking filling!

The filling was brownish, not yellowish like ones I see on bakeries back home. I reckon that is from using butter (and brown sugar) instead of margarine. I would try the margarine version next time and give you an update! 

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Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe

Spanish bread is a popular 'merienda' in the Philippines with a sweet buttery filling! Try this delicious Filipino Spanish bread for your afternoon snack.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: filipino spanish bread,spanish bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter - - or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 cup water or milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar /white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • butter - - for brushing



  • In a big bowl, mix together flour and yeast. In a smaller bowl, combine sugar, salt, milk and margarine or butter. Warm liquids in the microwave for 1 minute on high power. Remove from microwave and add the egg and beat several times until well blended.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the flour mixture and fold until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a clean surface dusted with flour until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place the dough in a greased bowl cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place it in a warm area and let it rise until it doubled in size. Depending how warm it is, could take 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add the flour and 1/4 cup bread crumbs and mix well. Once it starts to boil, add water or milk, sugar, salt and rest of breadcrumbs. Cook until it gets thick. Remove from heat and continue stirring until it forms paste-like texture.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into 16 equal parts using a knife of dough slicer. Roll each piece into a long triangle (like a pizza slice). Brush the middle part with butter or margarine then spread filling on the surface leaving about a centimeter around the edges unfilled. Jelly-roll from the wider end towards the smaller end.
  • Brush each rolled dough with milk or water then roll it on a plate of breadcrumbs and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper: make sure that the end part sits at the bottom so it won't open up while baking. Cover with cloth or kitchen towel or cling wrap and let them rise for another 10-15 minutes. Remove cover before baking.
  • Place the baking sheet on the middle rack and bake at 150°C (300°F) for 20 minutes.


You may also use active dry yeast but it needs to be proofed first by dissolving it in lukewarm water or, in this case, in the milk with a tablespoon sugar (taken from the ingredients for dough)
Nutrition Facts
Filipino Spanish Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 269mg 11%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. i agree. my grandma was half spanish-filipino. i can remember how she used to make this and it’s always with pineapple jam that she made from scratch.

  2. Hi!
    Is it ok to do steps 1-6 the night before, leave the rolls in the fridge, and bake them early in the morning? Or will that mess up the texture? Thanks!

    1. HI Ingrid, I suggest you do step 1-5 then refrigerate the rolled Spanish bread. This will stop or slow down the rising. Take them out from the fridge and let them rise before baking. I would also suggest using dry-active yeast than instant yeast for long rising time.

    1. You can if you like, but I would recommend making the whole batch and just freeze some of the filled dough that you can bake later on.

      1. If i decide to freeze some of the filled dough then bake it later on, do i need to thaw it first or need to leave it in room temp before put it into oven or its ok to cook it straight from the freezer?

        1. Hi Lovely, I would recommend thawing first before baking. You can do this by placing the frozen dough from the freezer to the fridge overnight.

  3. hi there, i hope this comment finds you well. wow, just wow. thank you for the recipe. it was my first time to bake this bread and it turns out perfect! my fave bread during my childhood and until now. My friends loved it so much that they request for it again. I’m so happy to find this recipe and don’t stop sharing your delicious recipes to everybody. Cooking, baking and bowling are my hobbies. my cooking website is still in progress. God bless and more power.

  4. Thank you for sharing this very good recipe Ms. Bebs! My Spanish bread came out so good, my hubby and kids so loved it! And ohh, the batch I made was gone in a heartbeat!😀 I will definitely use your recipe again. Thanks!😘

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