This has become the highly-controversial type of pandesal to break the food trend during the quarantine season — Cheesy Ube Pandesal.
Cheesy Ube Pandesal
I remember having this for the very first time on my table, I guess I felt like it was the most awaited moment of my quarantine life. Due to the public craze, I wasn’t able to find this specific pandesal to any of the bakeries I’ve inquired. It was always out of stock. And I finally succumbed to ordering it online. Yes, it is that of a priority for a pandesal to be delivered to our house from a very far bakeshop.
How to Make Cheesy Ube Pandesal
To have made this special kind of pandesal is really awarding and fulfilling. But, be warned to prepare lots and lots of patience.
First off, combine the yeast and sugar in a bowl of water. Let it sit for a few minutes before adding the salt, oil, and ube flavoring. Mix well. Now, add the flour to make a soft solid dough texture. Dust the work surface and start kneading for maximum of half an hour. Then, place it in a covered bowl and wait another hour for it to rise.
Be patient as you make this pandesal. Always be reminded of what lies ahead — the delicious ube pandesal with oozing cheese in your first bite.
After an hour had passed, you can now get the dough to cut it into pieces. This recipe yields 16-18 pieces of 1-2 inch small beautiful doughs. Stretch all sides of each dough then put a small block of your preferred cheese in the middle. Pinch and roll to smoothen the unwanted edges of your pandesal. Then, cover these doughs with parmesan cheese for extra flavor. Finally, bake it in the oven until the top browns. A good 15-20 minutes will be your last waiting time before you take it out from the oven and into the plates.
The long wait is over. You might be so excited to eat your cheesy ube pandesal but be careful because it is hot!
Ube Cheese Pandesal
1 1/3 cup water
1 tsbp yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of oil
2 tbsp ube flavoring
6 cups of all purpose flour
butter or oil (for greasing)
2 cups of parmesan cheese
mozzarella or any preferred cheese (for the fillings)
- In a bowl of water, combine the yeast and brown sugar. Mix and let it rest for 5-7 minutes.
- Add another quarter of brown sugar, pinch of salt, oil and ube flavoring next. Mix thoroughly once more.
- Put the flour into the mixture until it becomes soft solid in texture. Dust the work surface as well as your hands with some flour before hand kneading. Knead the dough until it gets nonsticky and continue doing so for the next 20-30 minutes.
- Transfer the dough in a grease-covered bowl and cover it then set aside. This will take an hour to rise.
- After that, cut the dough in half. For each half, roll lengthwise and cut 1-2 inch pieces. This yields 16-18 pieces in total.
- Stretch the sides of a single dough then put the cheese of your choice in the middle. Pinch all side ends together and twist to seal. Roll to smoothen. Do the same for the remaining doughs.
- Roll each of the cheese-filled dough onto the parmesan and make sure to completely cover. Let it rise fo another hour.
- Bake in a 200°C preheated oven for 15-20 mins or until the top browns. Tap it to check the texture, if the bread bounces back then it is already well-baked. Serve hot!