Ube Pandesal

Ube Pandesal is a sudden hit amongst Filipinos. Just look everywhere people are at rage posting photos of Ube Pandesal and Ube Cheese Pandesal. It has been trending lately and I want to get my hands on this much-loved bread from the Philippines.

This pandesal recipe is different from what I used to make, but you are welcome to give it a go with Pandesal recipe without Bread Maker and just add ube flavouring. I highly recommend using McCormick Ube extract to give it a real ube flavour. This recipe is only Ube Pandesal but of course, if you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you just add cheddar cheese in the middle of the dough before baking.

Ube Pandesal Recipe


1 cup milk, evaporated or fresh

1 pouch or 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

1 tablespoon sugar, for proofing

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup bread flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon ube flavour extract

breadcrumbs for coating

How to Make Ube Pandesal?


  1. PROOF YEAST: Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water (110-115 degrees F) and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 10 minutes or until it bubbles.
  2. MAKE DOUGH: In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar. Add the yeast mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla essence and ube flavouring. Mix on medium speed with a dough hook until combined.
  3. Mix the dough until it forms. Transfer in a clean flat surface and knead the dough with your hands for 10 minutes until smooth. It should bounce back when you lightly press your finger into the dough.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1 1/2 hour until double in size. If you live in a humid place, you can pre-heat the oven at 100 degrees C for about 10 minutes then turn it off. Place the bowl with the dough inside. This will help to rise the dough even in colder months.
  5. Give the dough a gently punch. Roll the dough into a log, cut and divide it into 20-25 pieces. Flatten each dough, at this stage if you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you should add in the cubed cheddar cheese filling, seal and shape into a ball.
  6. Line baking sheets with baking paper and place the dough pieces with 1/2 inch apart. Cover it with a clean tea towel or plastic wrap and let it rise again for another 30 minutes- 1hour.
  7. Don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degreed F (180 degrees C) before baking.
  8. Roll each dough with breadcrumbs.
  9. Bake them for 10-15 minutes until the top is lightly brown.

Serve and enjoy this Ube Pandesal with family and friends!


  • When proofing yeast, make sure that the temperature of the milk is between 100-115 degrees F. More than this will kill the yeast. I also found out that adding 1 tablespoon sugar to the yeast mixture helps it proof easily.
  • You know you knead the dough well if it bounces back when you lightly press it with your finger. Normally, kneading takes about 10 minutes.
  • During winter months or if it is humid, you can preheat the oven to 100 degrees C, turn it off and place the dough to rise.
  • If you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you can place cubed cheddar cheese on each flatten dough before rolling them to dough balls.
  • You can use either active or rapid rise (instant) yeast. Rapid rise (instant) yeast does not need to be bloomed or activated, but you can proof it too just to make sure.

Did you make this Ube Pandesal? Please leave us a comment below.



2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups bread flour
½ cup white sugar
5 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp baking powder
1¼ cup fresh milk, warm
1 pouch rapid rise yeast
1 tsp salt
1 cup bread crumbs
1 piece raw egg
1 tbsp cooking oil

1. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm milk and stir until the yeast and sugar are fully dissolved.
2. In the mixing bowl, combine the dry ingrdients starting with the flour then the sugar, salt, and baking powder .
3. Add the egg, butter, cooking oil, and yeast-sugar-milk mixture in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients then mix again until a dough is formed. Use your clean hands to effectively mix the ingredients.
4. In a flat surface, knead the dough until the texture becomes fine.
5.  Mold the dough until shape becomes round then put back in the mixing bowl. Cover the mixing bowl with damp cloth and let the dough rise for at least 1 hour.
6. Put the dough back to the flat surface and divide into 4 equal parts using a dough slicer.
7. Roll each part until it forms a cylindrical shape.
8. Slice the cylindrical dough diagonally (These slices will be the individual pieces of the pandesal).
9. Roll the sliced dough over the breadcrumbs and place in a baking tray with wax paper (makes sure to provide gaps between doughs as this will rise later on).
10. Leave the sliced dough with breadcrumbs in the tray for another 10 to 15 minutes to rise.
11. Pre heat the oven at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
12. Put the tray with dough in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
13. Turn off the oven and remove the freshly baked pandesal.

Share it with family and friends!!!

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