Pandesal, also known as pan de sal, is a type of bread roll that is popular in the Philippines. The name “pandesal” comes from the Spanish words “pan de sal,” which means “bread of salt.”
Pandesal is typically made with flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and water. The dough is then shaped into small rolls and left to rise before being baked. The resulting bread is soft and slightly sweet, with a slightly crusty exterior.
Pandesal is often eaten as a breakfast food in the Philippines, and is often served with butter or margarine and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. It can also be used as a sandwich roll, and is often filled with meat, cheese, or egg.
Pandesal has been a staple food in the Philippines for centuries, and is deeply ingrained in the country’s culture and history. It is also enjoyed by Filipinos abroad, serving as a reminder of home and a connection to their cultural heritage.
Pandesal is also popular in other countries like in United states, Canada, and United Kingdom where Filipinos lived. Many filipino-owned bakery serve pandesal and other filipino breads and pastries.
Overall, pandesal is a delicious and versatile bread roll that is beloved by Filipinos and enjoyed by people all around the world. It’s a simple yet satisfying bread that is perfect for any meal of the day.
- In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
- Add evaporated milk, water and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved completely.
- Turn off heat. Set it aside and let it cool down to lukewarm.
- Once it cooled down, add active dry yeast in to the mixture. Give a quick stir with a stick and cover with a cloth. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, sugar and salt. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate all the ingredients. You can use a stand mixer to speed up the process, if available. Use the flat beater attachment to mix.
- Remove the dough and knead on a flat surface. If you're using a stand mixer, change to hook attachment to simulate kneading. Knead for 5 - 6 minutes or until dough becomes smooth.
- Transfer dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a cloth or plastic wrap. Let it rest for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size.
- The dough should double in size after 45 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface.
- Form dough into a long log and cut into 16 pieces (medium-sized pieces) or 8 pieces (large pieces).
- Form pieces into balls. Coat each piece with breadcrumbs and place in a baking sheet or pan. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap for about an hour.
- After an hour, the dough pieces will increase even more in size. Remove plastic wrap and bake at 350F for 18 - 20 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve. Enjoy!