Over the course of the quarantine period due to COVID-19, many have been selling online for additional income amid the pandemic. Some have been selling makeup, some clothes, while most have been selling food. And one of the most common (and viral!) food that online sellers are selling is the ube cheese pandesal.
A twist on the breakfast and merienda staple pandesal, the ube cheese pandesal combines creamy, salty cheese and the oh-so-delicious ube halaya. Businesses selling this flavored pandesal are definitely booming and orders are coming from left to right from all over the metro and nearby provinces. (Read: Bring your restaurant faves to your home with these easy recipes!)
But with the surge of orders, some sellers cannot provide everyone with their ube cheese pandesal. Good thing, you can actually make it at home! Here’s an easy recipe that you can do on your own or with your family.
Ube Cheese Pandesal Recipe
- 1/4 cup ube powder
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 tbsps vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp liquid ube extract (optional)
- 1 block quick melt cheese, cut into cubes
- 4 tbsps breadcrumbs
*Note: You may use ube halaya instead of ube powder to make the pandesal, but make sure to lessen sugar as ube halaya is already sweetened.
- Put ube powder in a large bowl. Pour hot water and mix well until ube is rehydrated.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
- Add the warm milk, egg, and oil to the flour mixture and mix well.
- Combine the ube and flour mixtures and mix well. The mixture is heavy and sticky so you can use your hands (greased with oil) to mix.
- Place the dough on the table and knead for 7-10 minutes or until soft and smooth.
- Shape the dough into a ball and put it back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise.
- Once it rises, take it out of the bowl and flatten it. Divide it into two equal parts and divide each part into six. Form the 12 parts into small dough balls and flatten it.
- Place a cube of cheese on each flattened dough ball and fold the sides so the cheese is covered by the dough. Form it into a ball once again and roll in breadcrumbs.
- Place the dough balls on a baking sheet, making sure there is space between each ball as it will still expand. Leave on the sheet for about 30 minutes for it to rise further. While waiting, preheat the oven to 170˚C
- Once done rising, bake the dough for 20 minutes or until slightly browned.
- Cool your ube cheese pandesal on a wire rack before serving.