Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pan De Sal

Photo by: LadyWilCook

Filipinos love this Pan De Sal! It is a bread made of flour, eggs, lard, yeast, sugar, and salt. Pan de Sal is a spanish term that means salt bread but the taste varies from bland to slightly sweet and not salty. It has a soft, powdery texture and is eaten in a number of ways. I like to eat it with miracle whip and cheese. It also tastes good when you dip it into tsokolate (chocolate). It is a chocolate drink which is very much like hot chocolate but with pure cocoa as its main ingredient. If there is no tsokolate or tsikwate, we dip it into coffee. What a nice breakfast!
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 cups all-purpose flour

Put the warm water in a small mixing bowl and add the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar; stir to dissolve. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 15 teaspoons of sugar and the oil and mix until smooth. Add the salt, 1 cup of flour and the yeast mixture; stir well. Add the remaining 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, supple and elastic; about 10 minutes. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in it and turn to coat the dough with oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume; about 1 hour.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equal pieces. Form each piece into a cylinder and roll out until the 'log' is 1/2 inch in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut each 'log' into 1/2 inch pieces. Place the pieces, flat side down, onto two lightly greased baking sheets. Gently press each roll down to flatten.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

1 comment:

AiDiSan said...

I love pandesal. During days off, pandesal & hot coffee is certainly my breakfast. If I go abroad, it's one thing I will surely miss.