I've been craving to have pandesal. Pandesal is a staple bread in the Philippines good to eat anytime of the day but most especially on breakfast and merienda. It's good to eat plain or with something else like corned beef, peanut butter, butter (with a hint of sugar), liver spread, chiz whiz, cheese, spam, and the list is longer than Santa's list.
It's been a while that I've been dreaming of being able to do make my own pandesal because in this part of the world where Filipino or Asian store is unheard of? One can only taste hot pandesal if he makes his own. Although the name pandesal (pan de sal or salt bread) has a Spanish bread, there's really no pandesal here.... yeah, life's irony.
One day though (that was last week), I found some courage to dirty my hands with bread flour and make my own pandesal. Hubby cheered for me and I swear that really helped a lot.
I tried to search for a simple recipe where ingredients are readily available here and this is the best I found from Kusina ni Manang.
was really happy my pandesal rose! Don't ask me about the shape... rolling and cutting the pandesal dough is something I need to practice more :)
The whole house filling with the smell of fresh bread...
They are finally done. Looks like a little bit overbaked but they are delish!
It can still improve though... I believe I didn't give them much time to rise. The recipe called for rapid rise yeast and I just realized I used a normal yeast so I should have let them rise for a longer time. So that's lesson learned. The next time I do them, I'm pretty sure they'll be even better.
I told hubby to let them cool down a little bit before trying them but he sneaked behind my back this sneaky sneaky man. But I am really happy he loved pandesal. Yesterday he just told me he can't wait for me to make some more. (His subtle way of commanding me to make some more)
home made pandesal partnered with home made peanut butter IS happiness :)