Food for thought: Pandesal

What is Pandesal? Pandesal is a Filipino famous bread. Although these days, there are different flavors available like ube cheese, pandan, cheese and the original plain pandesal. Whatever is the flavor, I guarantee you’ll love it. What I am going to share is the original plain recipe.

Pandesal is commonly eaten with pat of butter or margarine or simply plain and of course with coffee for breakfast or during merienda (spanish for snacks). When I was a child I remembered my dad would go to the bakery early morning to pick a dozen or two of fresh and warm pandesal every single day. We had pandesal early morning just before our main breakfast and when I say early, I meant 5 o’clock in the morning. Until now, I never understood why we would have a pre breakfast at 5 in the morning when breakfast was also served at 6 o’clock in the morning. It sounded weird but that was my memory as a child. It may not be same with others for sure!

Anyways, whether you eat the pandesal with butter or margarine or simply plain, of course it’s delicious! It is very delicious eaten warm or fresh from oven when soft and fluffy. So enjoy!

Ingredients: 18 pieces of Pandesal

  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preparation: 1.5 hours

  • Combine flour, instant yeast, sugar and salt and mix well
  • Add eggs, butter and water and mix well until sticky
  • On a floured surface knead for about 12 minutes
  • Divide dough into 3 parts and roll each part about 12 inches long
  • Divide each part into 6 parts and form into balls
  • Roll on bread crumbs and arrange on greased cookie sheet at about 2 inches apart
  • Cover loosely with saran wrap and let it rise for about 45 min or until double
  • Preheat oven at 350F
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes
  • Serve warm with pat of butter or margarine


Published by Amazing Grace

Hi there, my name is Grace M Dy and I always called myself as “Dy Amazing Grace”. I am a blessed with two children David and Charmaine. I live to laugh, love, travel and cook and bake sometimes. I love the nature especially the oceans and the smell of the rainforest. I travel a lot with my daughter and would like to share the places that we’ve been. I do cook and bake not as a professional one but just as a simple mom and I would like to share them with you all.

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