Breakfast

Pandesal

Pandesal is a popular bread in the Philippines that is commonly eaten during breakfast or as a snack. It is a bread that is fluffy, slightly sweet, coated with breadcrumbs and is best eaten with butter, sardines or cheese. Though simple in appearance, it is actually one of the best bread I have ever tasted.

I have been missing this bread lately, so I decided to try and make my own. There are a lot of recipes out there on the internet but I have decided to create my own recipe based on my experience with bread. I tested different variations and the third recipe that I tweaked was by far the best. I am very pleased with the outcome. So here I am sharing with you my recipe. Take note that I am using all butter and fresh milk as commercial Pandesal mostly use margarine and milk powder to lower the cost. Since I am making it for my family, I naturally used the best ingredients.

This recipe yields 15 pieces at around 65g each. You may half the recipe if you find it too much.

Ingredients

  • 530g high protein bread flour
  • 85g sugar
  • 9g salt
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 45g butter (cut into small cube)
  • 125g egg (2 Large egg)
  • 210g milk
  • 40g fine bread crumbs

Note

1.You may reduce your yeast to half if you are not rushing. As I was rushing for the bread to rise, I doubled the yeast. The more yeast you add the faster the rise, the warmer and humid the environment, the faster the dough increase in size.

2. I prefer to use instant yeast, instant yeast can be mixed instantly with the flour without the need to dissolve it in liquid and sugar.

3. The temperature of the ingredients you use affects the rising time of your dough, so if you are not rushing , it is best to use milk, butter and eggs from your chiller. Otherwise you need to warm the milk and let the eggs and butter warm naturally to room temperature

4 You need to knead the dough until gluten develops. You can check by using the window pane test ( see picture below). A fully developed gluten would make your dough stretchy and extensible therefore it can trap more air making your bread softer

Method

  • Toast the bread crumbs with low heat on a pan. No need to add oil. Stir until all the crumbs are golden brown and evenly toasted. Set aside. Toasting it allows your bread to get golden in colour without baking it long therefore preserving the moisture of your bread.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius
  • Put all the ingredients into the mixer at low speed except the butter, salt and bread crumbs. Mix for about 2 minutes until all the ingredients come together.
  • Add in the butter cube by cube, increase to medium speed and knead for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the salt and continue kneading for 5-8 minutes, depending on your machine. Note that you should check the dough every few minutes for the window pane test as over kneading will also cause the gluten to collapse. The dough would be somewhat sticky and stretchy that it would be a little bit an effort to pull it out from your mixing bowl. If it is way too sticky, add 1 tbs of flour at a time. Note that humidity of your surrounding will affect the dough hydration.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl, set aside for about 45 minutes or until the dough rises and doubles in size. Note that mine rises to double its size in an hour and half because of the cold ingredients that I used. 45 minutes is just a guide line.
  • Punch out the air in the dough, roll the dough into a log (refer to picture) and use a dough cutter to slice. I sliced 15 pieces as I prefer bigger pandesal. Each pandesal weighs about 65g. Coat each slice with the toasted breadcrumbs.
  • Place each slice on the tray with baking paper with enough space for the dough to double in size. Do the the same for the rest of the slices. Cover and let it rise until doubled. Mine took about 45 minutes.
  • Bake for 13 minutes. Turn the tray at 7 minutes.
  • Serve warm

Note that you can warm the bread the next day in a preheated oven for 2-3 minutes at 180 degree celsius. I usually do it in my air fryer instead. Preheating it at 200 degree celsius for 3 minutes, then warming up the bread at 180 degree celsius for 2 minutes.

See how soft and fluffy it is? This batch of bread was finished the next day for a family of four! LOL!

Buttermilk Tiramisu Pancake

Simply Decadent!

This is the first time I tried making Tiramisu pancake, and it turned out amazing! My family loves it! The fluffy pancakes were soaked with shots of espresso, and layered with a mixture of whipped cream and mascarpone. So ditch your diet for today, and treat yourself with this decadent brunch. YOLO! (You only live once) hahahaha!

Take note that it is quite filling, so better have one stack of pancakes shared with another person. 🙂

Ingredients for pancake (yields about 7-8 pancakes)

  • 202g All Purpose Flour
  • 37g White Sugar
  • 6g Baking Soda
  • * 7g Double Acting Baking Powder (See note Below)
  • 1g Salt
  • 40g Cooking Oil
  • 64g eggs
  • 6g Coffee Extract
  • * 285g Buttermilk (See note Below)

Note * Use double action baking powder because this will help make your pancake thick and fluffy as compared to single action. Why? Because most of the chemical reactions happen when cooking as compared to the single action one. Single acting baking powder chemical reactions occur mostly when in contact with liquid. As a home cook, you won’t be able to cook all your batter quickly using a pan, hence it is better and easier to maintain the fluffiness throughout your cooking when you use double acting.

As for the buttermilk, it helps create a thicker batter than regular milk. This will also help make your batter not spreading out easily. On top of that, it gives additional flavour to your pancake.

Method for pancake

  • Add all the dry ingredients together, give it a few whisks.
  • Add in all the wet ingredients such as eggs, buttermilk and oil into the dry ingredients. Whisk until batter becomes smooth.
  • Heat up your non-stick pan at medium low heat.
  • Pour some batter onto your pan, forming about 5-6 inches diameter circles.
  • Flip when the edges appear to be harden.
  • Cook the other side for the same amount of time, until light brown
  • Do the same thing for the rest of the batter
  • Prepare 4 shots of espresso then pour it on a shallow dish
  • Soak both sides of your pancake with the espresso. Do the same for all pancakes. Set aside to cool.

Ingredients for filling

  • 110g cold whip cream
  • 110g Mascarpone
  • 5g Kahlua (optional)

Method for the filling

  • Whip your cream until stiff. Do not over beat. Over beating will turn your cream into buttermilk and butter. Stop as soon as you see whipped creams stock in between your balloon whisk
  • Mix it gently with the mascarpone using a spatula. Prepare your piping bag with star tip. Scoop some mixture into your piping bag.

Make up

  • Get one piece of pancake, spread some filling, stack it with another pancake. Stack it for a total of 4 pancakes. Pipe some filling onto the top-most layer as shown in the picture below.
  • sprinkle some cocoa powder
  • garnish with cherries and chocolate chips.
  • drizzle with chocolate syrup. I prefers Smucker’s chocolate sundae syrup as compared to Hershey because it has a thicker texture.
hmmmm!!
See how thick and fluffy it is!

Enjoy. Happy Father’s Day! Hasta La Vista! Til my next post. See you!