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Spanish Bread

Spanish Bread is in every bakery in the Philippines. Perfect to eat at any time of the day. They are soft bread rolls that are filled with sweet goodness. The filling is composed of butter and sugar and all that sweet stuff. They are drenched in bread crumbs for the finished texture.

It is ironic that it is called Spanish Bread, yet it is very common and popular in the Philippines. Should it be called Filipino Bread instead? Why is it called Spanish Bread in the first place? There is a reason behind this. Back in the old days, Spaniards have introduced this type of bread to Filipinos. From then on, we adopted this bread and love it as our own. They are basically fat rolls of bread dusted with breadcrumbs all over. The texture of the breadcrumbs give it a good, tiny crunchy texture and makes them a delight to bite. The sweet filling is a very good contrast to the soft bread around it. Spanish Bread is usually eaten any time of the day and most enjoyed with a cup of coffee, soft drinks or sago’t gulaman.

How to Make Spanish Bread?

In a stand mixer bowl, put 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 cup of warm milk. Mix it up a bit and let it bloom for 10 minutes. Add 1 large egg and 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter. Mix it well. Add 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons sugar. Place in a stand mixer using the dough hook. Turn the speed to 1 for 1 minute, then increase it to 2 for 3 minutes. The dough is sticky at this stage, turn off the stand mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Turn down the dough onto a working surface. Form into a ball and place in a greased large bowl. Cover with cling wrap and let it rise for 1 hour. Then make the filling by mixing all the ingredients in a separate large bowl. Add 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and mix. Add 1/3 cup condensed milk and mix well. Add 3/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Mix until well combined. Then add 1/3 cup all-purpose cream. Punch out the gas in the dough and take it out of the bowl. Divide into 16 pieces. Form each piece into a ball. Flatten with a rolling pin and fill with the prepared filling. Roll and pinch the seams to seal. Tuck the sides in. Roll it again. Dredge into bread crumbs and place into baking sheets. Making sure they are spaced apart. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 18-20 minutes.

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Spanish Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon (10g) sugar

2 teaspoons (6g) active dry yeast

1 cup (200ml) warm milk

1 large egg

1/3 cup (75g) unsalted butter, melted

3 1/4cup (407g) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon (5g) salt

3 tablespoons sugar

FOR FILLING:

1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar

1/3 cup condensed milk

3/4 cup (90g) bread crumbs

1/4 cup (33g) all purpose flour

1/3 cup cream (80g) you can use all purpose cream, heavy cream or whipping cream

FOR COATING:

1/2 cup bread crumbs

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a stand mixer bowl, put 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 cup of warm milk. Mix it up a bit and let it bloom for 10 minutes.
  2. Add 1 large egg and 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter. Mix it well.
  3. Add 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons sugar.
  4. Place in a stand mixer using the dough hook. Turn the speed to 1 for 1 minute, then increase it to 2 for 3 minutes. The dough is sticky at this stage, turn off the stand mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  5. Turn down the dough onto a working surface. Form into a ball and place in a greased large bowl.
  6. Cover with cling wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
  7. MAKE FILLING: In a separate large bowl, add 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and mix. Add 1/3 cup condensed milk and mix well. Add 3/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Mix until well combined. Then add 1/3 cup all-purpose cream.
  8. Punch out the gas in the dough and take it out of the bowl. Divide into 16 pieces.
  9. Form each piece into a ball. Flatten with a rolling pin and fill with the prepared filling.
  10. Roll and pinch the seams to seal. Tuck the sides in. Roll it again.
  11. Dredge into bread crumbs and place into baking sheets. Making sure they are spaced apart. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 18-20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy these Spanish Bread with family and friends!

NOTES:

  • Use melted butter in making the dough, but use softened butter in making the filling.
  • You may use a stand mixer or simply knead the dough with your hands, about 5-10 minutes.
  • The dough is a bit sticky after kneading. It is okay. Just make a big ball and let it rise for an hour in a greased bowl. Don’t forget to cover it.
  • You may use a kitchen scale when dividing the pieces especially if you are going to sell, but if only eaten at home, you can just eye it and make balls in each piece.
  • Flatten the dough in a slightly oval shape, fill it and roll. Don’t forget to pinch the seams and tuck them in.

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