I’m sure most of us Filipinos grew up eating Pandesal (I did!) and living far from home, it’s one of those food that I miss eating. Sure, there are a lot of places that sells “authentic” pandesal but my memory of this sweet, inexpensive and filling bread is not quite the same as the one I remembered when I was a child. Don’t get me wrong. The pandesal sold in North America (at least the ones I tried) are good-tasting bread but my palate is looking for the classic taste, the very simple taste without the added milk and eggs.
Months of research and testing and trying until I came up with this combination that worked for me and my family. My kids love it and my hubby told me that it tasted like the ones from the “neighborhood” bakery. Since my troop is happy, that ended my quest.
One of my main goals is to make the recipe as easy to recreate at home as possible. That’s kinda the idea, for us to be able to enjoy homemade pandesal…. at home! Doesn’t that sound great? I know everyone is busy but I hope you give it a try. Not only will you be eating freshly baked pandesal but the aroma of bread baking in the oven lingers for hours. That to me is a bonus.
Okay, don’t be intimidated with bread making. It’s a long process but most of it is resting time. Make sure you read the recipe first, the whole thing…don’t skip. Then, measure all your ingredients and place them in individual bowls. And most importantly, have fun! At the end of the day, it’s just flour 🙂
Easy HomeMade Pandesal
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 Tbsp light brown (or white) sugar for proofing yeast
- 2 Tbsps shortening (or canola oil)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup light brown (or white) sugar firmly packed
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups all purpose flour divided (plus up to 1 / 2 cup extra)
- 1 Tbsp canola oil for greasing the bowl
- In a big bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer (if using), combine warm water, 1 Tbsp brown sugar and yeast. Stir to combine and wait for the yeast to proof, about 5 minutes. You’ll see bubbles forming.
- Add the shortening, brown sugar, salt and HALF of the flour (2 cups). Using a paddle attachment, mix for less than a minute just to combine everything. If doing manually, use a wooden spoon to mix everything up. Mixture will look like a pancake batter.
- Switch to the dough hook at speed no.2 (if using a mixer) and add the remaining 2 cups of flour. Knead for 5-10 minutes, adding the extra flour a tbsp at a time until no longer sticky. Without using a mixer, gradually add the rest of the flour kneading until dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
- Dust the kitchen counter with a little flour and tip the dough over. Knead a little bit and form into a smooth ball. Placed in a greased bowl and rest the dough for an hour or until double in size.
- Punch the dough and pour onto a clean kitchen counter. Divide in half and form one into a small rectangle (abt 5×7”). Roll into a log the size of an empty paper towel roll (tucking at every turn). Repeat with the other one.
- Roll the logs in breadcrumbs, cover with a kitchen towel and let rest again for 15 minutes.
- Cut at an angle about 1.5”, sprinkle breadcrumbs on both cut sides and place on a cookie sheet at least an inch apart. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let it rest again for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 300F and bake pandesal for 20-25 minutes depending on the size and your color preference. Mine took 20 minutes.
- Best served hot with butter, cheese, peanut butter or by itself.
Can I use instant yeast? If I want to add some filling at which step should I add it?
Yes, you can. To substitute active dry to instant yeast, use 25% less instant yeast. For this particular recipe, you’ll need only 3/4 tablespoon of instant yeast. There’s also no need to proof instant yeast…just add it to the dry ingredients.
To add filling, do not roll the dough in breadcrumbs in step #6. Just cover and rest the logs for 10-15mins and portion to desired size. Fill ,pinch the edges together and seal well. Place seam side down and follow the rest of the recipe. 😊
Hi! I just wanted to say that this is by far the best recipe I’ve tried. I’m a baker by profession and have been looking for a recipe that reminded me of the ones I had in the Philippines when I was a child. Most of the recipes I’ve seen online are enriched dough and too sweet for my taste. I’m so glad to find your site. This recipe is the closes. I’ve only been to the Philippines once but I still remember the taste of the first pandesal I had haha. Thank you.
Hi May! Compliments from a pro baker like you, just made my day! The countless recipe testings were worthwhile. Super thanks!😊
Hi! How many pandesal can make with this recipe? How many grams per piece? thank you so much 🙂
Hi Zel! I usually just divide it into 15-18 pcs depending on how big I want it. I will try to make some soon then I’ll get back to you if you want the exact weight. Thanks!😊
Love the texture this makes, have you made this recipe with bread flour? What are your thoughts on exchanging all purpose with it?
Hi Cassandra! I’m glad you’re liking the pandesal. You can substitute with bread flour but because it has a slightly higher protein content, the dough might be a little drier. If it happens, just add a little more water (a teaspoon at a time) until you reach the same consistency as when you’re using All-Purpose flour. Thanks for stopping by!😊
Love love this recipe..so simple and tastes like the classic pandesal! Love that it doesn’t call for any eggs, milk, or butter. Thanks for sharing this!
So happy you love it! I was missing that classic bakery taste that reminds me of the pandesal in my childhood. Super thanks, Paulina!💕
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This is the 6th pandesal recipe I’ve tried and the only one I liked by far. I subbed 2 cups of APF with Bread flour and loved the texture! Real pandesal taste.
Thank you for sharing!
I’m so happy to hear that! This recipe came about because of the same reason. Subbing bread flour is an excellent choice! Thank you, Arnee!