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Ube Cheese Pandesal

Ube Cheese Pandesal is a Filipino purple bread roll made of ube or purple yam filled with quick melt cheese. Moist, soft and fluffy on the inside and has a crusty texture on the outside. Brushed with condensed milk and melted butter, then sprinkle with ground graham crackers.

These delicious and gorgeous purple bread rolls are perfect to serve for breakfast and snacks! Everyone will enjoy any time of the day!

Ube cheese pandesal with graham bread crumbs This ube pandesal with cheese filling has been recently a popular bread roll in the Philippines. Adding the two ingredients, ube and cheese to the traditional pandesal recipe sure did hit to Filipino palate.

Ube cheese pandesal with graham bread crumbs Although the original recipe is delicious, I made some twists on the original ube cheese Pandesal ingredients and method. I used real purple yam and boiled it with 1 1/2 cups of water until tender. I used the water from the boiled purple yam instead of regular liquid, like milk or water. It has the aroma of ube and purple colour that adds extra flavour to this ube bread roll. The starchy water from the ube gave additional elasticity to the texture of the dough.

Ingredients of Ube cheese Pandesal

For the dough

Flour– Bread flour is recommended but all-purpose flour is fine. I prefer to use bread flour for pandesal because it has more protein and produces more gluten that making the dough more elastic. It stays soft longer than the all-purpose flour. Since I don’t have bread flour on hand, all-purpose flour is also a good substitute. To substitute the ratio is the same 1:1.

Sugar– granulated white sugar or substitute with 1/4 cup condensed milk

Salt– Fine sea salt, to add flavour

Yeast – You can use active dry yeast or instant yeast.

Ube Water– liquid from boiled ube or purple yam

Powdered Milk– Skim milk or whole milk. To substitute with liquid milk, 1/4 cup evaporated milk or coconut milk, then reduce the ube water to 3/4 cup for this recipe.

Ube or Purple yam– I used frozen purple yam and then boiled it. You can find frozen purple yams in most Asian stores.

Ube Flavouring– or use a purple food colouring

Eggs– large at room temperature

Shortening– or substitute with softened butter

Cooking oil– for greasing

for the Filling

Cheese– Quick-melt processed cheese is recommended

For the Topping

Condensed milk– To sweeten, and help the crumbs to adhere

Butter– to add creaminess and browning of the crust

Ground Graham crackers– for a sweet delicious crusty texture, or substitute with ground Biscoff.

How to make Ube Cheese Pandesal

Prepare the yeast mixture

  • Add the active dry yeast and sugar to the lukewarm ube starchy liquid. Whisk until the yeast and sugar dissolve. Set aside and wait until foamy for about 10 minutes. By proofing the yeast, you will know it’s still well and it will make the dough rise.Instruction Image

Prepare the ube mixture

  • Peel and boil the ube with 1½ cups of water until fork tender. Save 1 cup of the ube starchy water and let it cool to lukewarm temperature.
  • Mash the ube with a fork. Add the melted margarine and ube flavouring purple/dark violet colour. Mix until well blended. Set aside.

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Prepare the dough

  • In a stand mixer with the all-purpose flour, add salt, sugar, and powdered milk. With the dough attachment mix to blend. Add the yeast mixture, eggs, shortening, and ube mixture. Knead on medium-low speed in a stand mixer for 8 minutes, by hand for 10 minutes. You will know if the dough is ready by doing the “Dough Finger Poke Test”. Press the dough with your oiled index finger and if the indentation springs back, then you know it’s ready to rise.
  • Lightly oil the bowl and the dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Apply canola oil on your hands and punch down the dough to deflate. Oiled the clean flat surface with canola oil and divide the dough into two. You can use a ruler as a guide to cut and divide the dough. Use a kitchen scale, or you can just eyeball it. Roll each dough to 12 inches long and cut into 12.

Filling the dough with cheese

  • Flatten the dough with oiled fingers and place one cube of cheese in the middle. Gather all the edges to the middle and pinch to seal. With the sealed side down, cap the dough with your oiled hand, roll the dough and form it into a ball. Place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

How to make Ube cheese pandesal with graham bread crumbs

  • Cover with the kitchen towel and let it rise for an hour or until it doubles in size. It will rise quicker in a warmer place.

for the topping

Mix melted butter and condensed milk in a small jar until well blended. Brush the top of each dough, then sprinkle the ground graham crackers.

Ube cheese pandesal with graham bread crumbs

Brushing the dough with a mixture of condensed milk and melted butter, helps the bread crumbs to stick and give that more crusty texture.

Ube cheese pandesal with graham bread crumbs

Baking the dough. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes in the middle rack. Transfer to a cooling rack. Serve hot

Ube Cheese Pandesal

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Ube Cheese Bread Rolls- Pandesal Style

Delicious, soft and fluffy Ube cheese Pandesal recipe made of real ube or purple yam filled with cheese. It has a crusty texture on the outside, brushed with condensed milk and melted butter, then sprinkled with ground graham crackers. Perfect to serve for Breakfast or snacks!
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5 from 3 votes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Ube cheese pandesal, ube pandesal
Author: Maricel
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rising: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 24 bread rolls

Watch How to Make It

Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • 21"x15" baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup shortening lard
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp canola oil for greasing

Yeast mixture ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup ube water from boiled ube at lukewarm temperature 110°F
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Ube mixture ingredients:

  • ¾ cup mashed ube
  • 1 to 2 tsp ube flavour purple/dark violet colour
  • ¼ cup melted butter or margarine

For filling

  • 165 g quick melt cheddar cheese 1 block cut into 24 slices

For Topping

  • 2 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine melted
  • 2 tbsp ground graham crackers 25g

Instructions

Prepare the ube mixture

  • Peel and boil the ube with 1½ cups of water until fork tender. Save 1 cup of the ube starchy water and let it cool to lukewarm temperature.
  • Mash the ube with a fork. Add the melted margarine and ube flavouring purple/dark violet colour. Mix until well blended. Set aside.
    Ube for preparation for How to make Ube cheese pandesal

Prepare the yeast mixture

  • Add the active dry yeast and sugar to the lukewarm ube starchy liquid. Whisk until the yeast and sugar dissolve. Set aside and wait until foamy for about 10 minutes.

Prepare the dough

  • In a stand mixer with the all-purpose flour, add salt, sugar, and powdered milk. With the dough attachment mix to blend. Add the yeast mixture, eggs, shortening, and ube mixture. Knead on medium-low speed in a stand mixer for 8 minutes, by hand for 10 minutes. You will know if the dough is ready by doing the "Dough Finger Poke Test". Press the dough with your oiled index finger and if the indentation springs back, then you know it's ready to rise.
  • Lightly oil the bowl and the dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for an hour in a warm place.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Apply canola oil on your hands and punch down the dough to deflate. Oiled the clean flat surface with canola oil and divide the dough into two. You can use a ruler as a guide to cut and divide the dough. Use a kitchen scale, or you can just eyeball it. Roll each dough to 12 inches long and cut into 12.

Filling the dough with cheese

  • Flatten the dough with oiled fingers and place one cube of cheese in the middle. Gather all the edges to the middle and pinch to seal. With the sealed side down, cap the dough with your oiled hand, roll the dough and form it into a ball. Place on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    How to make Ube cheese pandesal
  • Cover with the kitchen towel and let it rise for an hour or until it doubles in size. It will rise quicker in a warmer place.

for the topping

  • Mix melted butter and condensed milk in a small jar until well blended. Brush the top of each dough, then sprinkle the ground graham crackers.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 20 minutes in the middle rack. Serve hot.

Notes

Use a kitchen scale If you want to be precise and all the same size and weight. The weight of each dough is between 55g to 60g.
To check the dough," Dough Finger Poke Test" or do a windowpane test by stretching without tearing it means gluten has been developed.
You will know if the dough has been kneaded enough by doing the "Dough Finger Poke Test". Press the dough with your index finger and if the indentation springs back, then you know it's ready to rise.
Cover the dough with the kitchen towel while working on the cheese filling to avoid the dough from drying out.
Nutrition Facts
Ube Cheese Bread Rolls- Pandesal Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 218IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. Preciousnikkiful

    5 stars
    Fabulous you make my day “Yummy”

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