Pandesal, Traditional Filipino Bread Rolls


Photo courtesy of ~MVI~/

Pandesal literally means 'bread of salt'. These delicious bite size bread rolls are not salty, in fact, they are slightly sweet.

Filipinos enjoy pandesal with their morning coffee or just as a snack. You can also use it for delicious bite size sandwiches. My favorite includes a slice of spam and a fried egg or with a slice of kraft cheese. Of course, you can do traditional ham and cheese or enjoy with just a little pat of butter. Nothing beats bread fresh out of the oven!


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a small mixing bowl add the warm water and add the yeast. To this add 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir until completely disolved. Let stand until yeast begins to foam, usually 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the remaining sugar and oil, salt, 1 cup of flour and yeast mixture. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until for 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in it and turn to coat the dough with oil. Cover with a damp towel and set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each piece into log about 2 inches wide. Next, cut the log into several pieces about 1/2 inch wide.
  7. Place the pieces onto a lightly oiled baking sheet or large platter so the dough can rise again. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let double in volume again.
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. Transfer dough to baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  10. Bake dough for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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