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Ube cheese pandesal: The new favorite merienda treat

A new take on pandesal is taking the country by storm. Have a delicious bite of ube cheese pandesal in bakeshops near you!

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Pandesal has taken an ube-cheese form, and Pinoys are really taking a shine to it. You probably have seen it on your feeds at some point and it has piqued your interest a great deal; its reputation quite precedes it. 

It looks appetizing – bright-purple pandesal buns that reveal a gooey center of melted cheese when pulled apart. And it tastes just as good as it looks. With the goodness of the sweet ube and creamy cheese incorporated into the Filipino favorite pandesal, the ube cheese pandesal recipe certainly became an instant hit in the country.

Your friends have posted about it online and couldn’t stop talking about these mouth-watering cheezy purple buns. If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t fret – it has become a nationwide craze that it wouldn’t be difficult to find this much sought-after merienda treat.

Where you can find ube cheese pandesal

Home bakers and small bakeries have been jumping in on the fad and embracing this new discovery first made popular by a local bakery in Silang, Cavite early this year. Even if you can’t find it in your favorite bread station, you can always make yourself some with this easy-to-follow recipe.

How to make ube cheese pandesal

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup mashed cooked ube
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid ube flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for kneading
  • 1/2 pound quick cheese cut into 14 two-inch and 1/4-inch thick squares
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Step 1: Prepare the ube. You may steam it for 10-15 minutes or cook with water over medium heat until fork-tender. Let it cool, then mash it until smooth. Use ½ cup.

Step 2: Make the dough. Mix warm water, active dry yeast, and one tablespoon of sugar in a mixing bowl for about 5 minutes or until foamy. Then, add the butter, eggs, remaining sugar, milk, the mashed ube, salt, and flour. Stir the ingredients and manage the stickiness. Do it until the dough comes together in the center of the bowl. 

Step 3: Knead and proof. Grease the kneading board and turn the dough over. Knead it, and let it rise in a lightly oiled bowl covered with kitchen towel for 1 ½ to 2 hours until it doubles in size. 

Step 4: Assemble. Form the risen dough into a log and cut it vertically in half. Divide each vertical half in seven smaller portions. Flatten each portion and put a piece of quick melt cheese in the center. Fold the dough around the cheese and mold it into a smooth ball. 

Step 5: Bake. Roll the dough in bread crumbs and place portions in a single layer or a baking sheet. Cover with kitchen towel and let them rise for 40-60 minutes or until they have doubled in size. Bake in preheated 350 F oven for about 20-23 minutes.

Step 4: Voila! Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool as the filling will be hot. Enjoy this treat with your regular hot drink.

Final thoughts

Ube cheese pandesal is great for breakfast or anytime snack. The combination of its soft and delicious rolls in purple-yam flavor and melty cheese filling makes its every bite heaven. 

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