#NCooks Ube Cheese Pandesal

Ube Cheese Pandesal a new twist to one of Filipino's favorite breakfast: PANDESAL. Indeed, I was one of those people who joined the craze that I ended up trying to make my own. If you love bread, specifically pandesal then you'd like this one too! 

One Saturday afternoon, I decided to try and bake my version of ube cheese pandesal following the recipe I saw on YouTube (Thanks, YT! You turned me into a baker :p). Its called ube cheese pandesal as aside from its color ube (purple), there's ube halaya and cheese filling inside. This version I did has only cheese inside as I don't have any ube (purple yam) available.

  • 150 ml warm milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ube flavoring
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

1. In a mixing bowl, add the 150 ml warm milk, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 whole egg and 2 tsp active yeast, stir the mixture and set aside for about 5 minutes, or until foamy. After 5 minutes (or so), gradually add the 3 tsp ube flavoring.
2. In another mixing bowl, have your 3 cups of bread flour and 1/2 tsp of salt.
3. Add the yeast mixture to your bread flour. Stir the ingredients until well combined, then add 2 tbsp butter and mix until butter is well blended with the dough.
4. Sprinkle some flour on the surface before kneading - knead the dough for 10 - 15 minutes or until dough is already stretchy - grease the bowl with oil, then place the dough, cover it and set aside for at least an hour.
5. Gently deflate the risen dough, lightly knead and roll the dough. Then start cutting the dough in desired size.
6. Flatten each dough portion and place a piece of cheese and ube halaya and fold the dough and form it into a smooth ball, making sure that the ends are sealed together.
7. Roll the dough in bread crumbs and arrange in a pan. Set aside for 20 minutes before completely putting in the oven.
8. Pre-heat oven for 10 minutes and bake for 15 minutes @ 180C.

I can say my first attempt at making ube cheese pandesal was a success - it was soft and fluffy and the famILY loved it! I'll try again next time and I'll make sure that I'll have the ube halaya (purple jam) ready. :)