If you ever wanted to veer away from your traditional breakfast but you don’t want to completely take away what you’ve been eating for breakfast, this soft and fluffy Ube Pandesal with Cheese Filling recipe is here to help you.
This is a great additional flavor for the all-time favorite morning bread which is sure to spice up and kickstart the busy day ahead. Read the recipe article below and learn how to make this exceptional version of pandesal at home.
What is Ube Cheese Pandesal?
Pandesal has been a staple breakfast item for many Filipinos. It is a type of bread that is made out of flour, eggs, yeast, some sugar and some salt and is usually partnered with coffee in the morning.
The ube pandesal is a variation of the traditional pandesal, which from the name itself, uses ube flavoring as an essential ingredient in making the dough with cheese as a filling, for additional flavor.
How to Make Ube Cheese Pandesal?
Making bread may seem like quite a process, but it is really satisfying and rewarding when successfully done. To make it easier for you to visualize what you’re about to do, here are the main steps you need to think about when making the ube pandesal:
First, you have to create the ube dough. This step involves mixing of the ingredients. Just make sure that all of them are going to be well blended. Second part is kneading the dough. This part is important because we have to make the dough rise, as this improves the texture and taste of the end product.
Last part, is to arrange the dough and form it into a pandesal, and bake it. At this point, it is a pretty straightforward task.
Ube Pandesal With Cheese Tips:
- When handling the dough for kneading, it gets very sticky. What you can do is to grease the workspace with enough oil, and also your hands. This will make for a clean workspace and not-so-messy hands, making it easier for you to clean up once you’re done with the pandesal.
- You can make ahead of time when preparing the ube pandesal. In the case that you’re busy or if you want to divide the process in shorter time frames, you can prepare the dough a day ahead and use it the next day. After kneading the dough, just cover it nicely and place it in the refrigerator. Take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before doing the next steps.
- For faster times of preparation, you can use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. This way, the dough will rise much faster.
Notes on Ingredients
For the ube flavoring, there are commercially available bottles you can buy in supermarkets or in your local grocery stores, but if in case you can’t find this ingredient anywhere near you, you can substitute this ingredient with ube powder.
For that, you just have to mix the powder in hot water to rehydrate the ube and that will be your flavoring. Or for other options, you can use ube halaya or what is called the purple yam jam.
Using Fresh Ube for Ube Pandesal
In the event that you want to use fresh ube for this recipe, what you need to do is to place the ube in boiling water, and cook it until it becomes tender enough.
Once that’s done, proceed to peeling the ube and then mashing it using a fork or a food processor. You can use the same amount of ube like in the recipe up to about a half cup.
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Fluffy Ube Pandesal With Cheese Recipe
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp ube flavoring
- 200 g quick melt cheese, cut into 6 or 7 slices
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 pcs eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional
- 6 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- In a large bowl, add-in the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Mix until well-incorporated.
- Slowly pour-in the beaten eggs, warm milk, vanilla extract, and oil. Combine and then add-in the active dry yeast. Mix until well-incorporated.
- Add-in the ube flavoring. Mix all of the ingredients until well-incorporated or until dough comes together and is sticky enough.
- In a flat workspace greased with oil, place the dough. Grease hands with oil and knead for 7 to 10 minutes or until smooth and soft, but still intact.
- In a large bowl greased with oil, place the dough. Let it rise for 30 to 120 minutes or until it doubles in size.
- Gently press down the dough and divide it in half.
- Shape one half into a log shape and then cut to 6 or 7 pieces. Repeat this step for the other half.
- Flatten the pieces using your hands and then place a slice of cheese in the center of each one. Roll the dough around it, forming a ball and sealing the cheese.
- Dredge the balls with breadcrumbs and then arrange in a baking sheet with enough space. Let it rise once again for 30 to 60 minutes or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Bake the pandesal for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Transfer to a serving plate or serving tray and keep it warm. Serve and enjoy!
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