I love Filipino Bread Roll or what we called Pan de Sal in the Philippines. Early in the morning, we could smell the bread baking from the bakery near our house. My mom usually goes to the bakery early in the morning or she get caught in a very long queue. My father likes his pan de sal a little bit toasty or we called “tostado,” but I prefer my pan de sal a little bit soft and fluffy.
When I first tried making pan de sal here in New Zealand, it was really hard as you have to knead and let the dough rise, and bake it before you eat it. Unlike in the Philippines back then, all you need to do is to go to the bakery and buy 20 pesos of pan de sal, or sometimes we just wait for Manong, a man who bikes around the street and sell hot pan de sal. It’s a staple for Filipinos. Our day is not complete without pan de sal, or fried rice in other days.
Today, I have found out that making pan de sal got easier using Cuisinart 2-lb. Breadmaker. If you’re the type of a person who wants to make life easier in the kitchen but still wants to indulge with the fluffiness and sweet aroma of pan de sal, I think this is the right recipe for you.
1 cup lukewarm milk
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons bread machine yeast
1. In the pan of the bread machine, add ingredients in the order listed above, starting with the milk and finishing off with the yeast.
3. When the cycle is complete (2 hours), transfer dough into a lightly floured surface.
4. Divide dough into 24 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, roll in breadcrumbs and place in a baking pan.
5. Cover with a cloth and let rise for at least one hour or until almost double in size.
6. Bake in 225°F oven for 20 minutes and then increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.