How to Make Homemade SOFT PANDESAL (Filipino Bread)

In my journey to baking, I have been studying how to make Pandesal – a common bread roll in the Philippines.

A top favorite in breads for Filipinos, pandesal is usually eaten with cheese, jam or butter. Or if you want, you could dip it in coffee. This recipe will allow you to make a really soft and delicious pandesal right at your home. I also added in cheese so your bread has its own filling!

This recipe would allow you to make pandesal at home. The ingredients are easy to obtain, and the baking process is very easy!

Preparing your ingredients beforehand makes the baking process easier.


  • 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour (separate 1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • small cheese cubes (optional – as filling)


  1. Before starting, make sure that you have washed your hands.
  2. First we will be preparing our yeast mixture. In a bowl, combine the milk, water, sugar, butter and yeast.
  3. Stir and set aside for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it starts to get foamy.
  4. While waiting for your yeast to bloom, mix 2 1/2 cups of flour with salt.
  5. Once your yeast mixture is ready, mix it in the flour.
  6. Using a dough hook on a hand mixer, mix the yeast mixture and flour, gradually adding in the remaining 1 cup of flour. The dough should be smooth and elastic once this is done.
  7. Transfer your dough in a greased bowl.
  8. With your hands greased, shape the dough into a ball.
  9. Grease the surface of the dough, and cover it, either with a plastic wrap or kitchen cloth. The plastic wrap is preferred. Let it sit (proof) for 40 – 60 minutes.
  10. After 40 – 60 minutes, your dough should have doubled in size. Do the dimple test by poking the dough. If the hole does not fill back in or returns to its shape, then your dough is ready.
  11. Grease hands and flatten the dough, using your knuckles.
  12. Portion the dough into small balls. Before shaping, insert two cheese cubes into the dough and roll it into small balls. This is entirely optional. If you want plain pandesal, you can skip this step.
  13. Coat with bread crumbs and set aside.
  14. Cover and proof again for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, your dough will double in size again.
  15. Pre-heat oven at 350 F. Bake the pandesals for 17-18 minutes.
  16. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve while warm.
Preheat oven to 350 F, and bake bread for 17-18 minutes

I like this recipe because it still maintains its softness for 2-3 days. I haven’t tried letting it stay much longer.


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Published by Jean's Vlogs

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