Filipino Pandesal is a very popular bread in the Philippines. Pandesal is such a versatile food item. It’s so great on its own or with a filling. I know some of my family likes to enjoy their pandesal with a cup of coffee in the morning. They would dip pieces of pandesal in their coffee and enjoy it that way. Myself? I prefer to dunk mine in hot chocolate. If you haven’t tried it that way, you should!


Filipino Pandesal is also great with filling. I recently recorded a recipe where I stuffed a batch of pandesal with some corned beef. Let me tell you, it was SO. DANG. GOOD. Honestly, I would still prefer eating my corned beef with rice and eggs in the morning, but this was a nice surprise. The Pandesal is slightly sweet but the corned beef also added some saltiness to it.



A friend of mine also told me that his wife Filipino pandesal stuffed with cheese. When he told me that, I was literally so upset that I didn’t think of it. Pandesal stuffed with cheese must taste sooooo good! But another time, I guess.


I’ll be posting the corned beef stuffed pandesal recipe another time. So today, let’s just focus on regular, soft, airy pandesal!



My Filipino pandesal recipe uses pretty simple ingredients that are found in any home. It does take a while. Especially if you’re making it when it’s cold. When it’s colder, the rise time will be a little longer, but I PROMISE you, it’s well worth the wait!


If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know. I’d love to know what your thoughts are. Did you dip your pandesal in coffee or hot chocolate? Or maybe you just enjoyed it with butter or maybe you just had it plain. Either way, I would love to know!


Ciao for now!


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Tips For Making Filipino Pandesal


If your milk is in the refrigerator, make sure to take it out ahead of time. You want to use room-temperature milk for this recipe.


Your dough WILL be sticky. DO NOT FORGET to dust your surface with some flour before working with the dough. Also, you can’t be afraid to get your hands sticky and covered with the dough when kneading.


If you don’t have a scale, I would definitely invest in one. I like to make sure that all the pieces are the same size and the scale helps with that.


Other Delicious Filipino Recipes


Filipino Spaghetti – This is the best Filipino Spaghetti that you can make at home. Sweet & savory, I bet you will have more than 1 serving.


Filipino Picadillo – Super comforting, and super delicious with a mountain of steamed rice!


Chicken Adobo – My ultimate comfort food. You HAVE to give this recipe a try if you haven’t had a chance to try this popular Filipino dish.


Beef Mechado – Another great dish to try during the winter. Super comforting and also good with some steamed rice.


Chicken Asado – This is a delicious tomato-based dish with tender chicken and soft potatoes.


Garlic Fried Rice – If you’re a fan of garlic, try this out! Perfect to pair with your eggs, tocino, or longanisa for breakfast! Or any time of the day.

Filipino Pandesal

Filipino Pandesal
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Course: Breakfast, Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Sweet, Salty
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 259kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup Milk room temperature
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Active Yeast
  • 3 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 - 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 handful Breadcrumbs


  • In the stand mixer or bowl, combine milk and sugar.
  • Add yeast. Let it proof/become bubbly.
  • While waiting for the yeast to proof, in a separate bowl sift 3 cups of flour.
  • Add in sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Slowly add flour and mix.
  • When you've added about half of the dry ingredients, add the egg and butter. Continue mixing.
  • Add in the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix.
  • Transfer the dough onto a surface with flour. Continue to knead until smooth. This should take about 10 minutes.
    *If you need to add flour, do it sparingly.
  • Cover and leave to rest.
    *You want to give the dough 1 - 2 hours to double in size.
  • Once it has doubled, punch the dough to release all the air (and any aggression you may have :P hehe).
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
    *If you have a scale, weigh the dough and divide that amount by 12. That will give you the weight each piece should be.
  • Once you shape each piece, roll in breadcrumbs. Cover all sides.
  • Put the pieces in a greased baking sheet/pan.
  • Cover with a cloth and leave it to rise for 1 - 2 hours.
    *It should double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the oven has reached the temperature, put the tray/sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg