Pandesal is a classic Filipino bread roll that is particularly eaten for breakfast. It is soft and airy and slightly sweet. Normally eaten as a sandwich with one’s favorite filling. Pandesal is probably the most popular bread in the Philippines. It is a favorite breakfast food among Filipinos that can be eaten on its own, dunked in coffee or with filling like coconut jam, peanut butter, cheese, cheese spread, corned beef, egg, hotdogs or practically anything you can think of or whatever leftovers you have laying in your fridge.
One of my faves is mushed spicy sardines…yup! But I remembered a time when we were just small kids, my Kuya Norman’s and I would have ketchup with sugar as filling…eeewww, right? But that tasted so good to us at that time! Haha! Yeah, I have to admit I tried a lot of weird stuff just because my big brother thinks it is good or cool. Hehe!
It is called Pandesal or Pan de Sal (Spanish) that translate to salted bread although it is actually sweeter than salty. It is soft and a bit fluffy and covered with breadcrumbs.
Traditionally a breakfast food, they used to be sold only in early hours at bakeries or on the streets by vendors on bicycles with loud air horns. They would put the Pandesals in a big insulated box to keep them warm. But, nowadays, some bakeries make them available for the entire day.
When we were growing up, we used to live next to a bakery and I can remember waking up (and feeling hungry) in the middle of the night (around 3 am) to the wonderful smell of Pandesal being baked. Although we lived next to them, we had to buy our Pandesal early or before 9 a.m. at the latest, because they are always sold out by then.
Getting them directly out from the oven was the best and I loved cutting them into halves and spreading my Pandesal with salted butter while they are still hot.
Being in Germany, surrounded by all really good bread, I still crave for Pandesal from time to time. So I thought I would give it a try, making my own Pandesal…and I am glad I did.
The video is now available! You may now watch how to make these soft, yummy Filipino favorite breakfast, the Pandesal! Enjoy!
- 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 until warm. Remove from microwave and add the egg and beat several times until well blended. Make sure that the liquids are only mildly warm and not hot.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the flour mixture and fold until 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 and 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.
- Punch down the dough and divide into 2 equal parts using a knife of dough slicer. Roll each into a log. Cover each log with breadcrumbs. Cut the log sideways into smaller pieces. (about 6 pieces each log). Roll each piece with breadcrumbs again.
- Arrange the pieces on a baking sheet living some gaps in between (at least an inch). Leave them to rise for another 10-15 minutes.
- While waiting, preheat oven 370° F /185°C. Bake the Pandesal for 15 minutes or until the sides are a bit browned.
- Remove from oven and serve while hot!