Ok guys, if there’s any Filipino bread recipe that I wanted to share with you, it’s this super-soft ensaymada (ehn-sae-mah-dah) recipe. Ensaymada is a brioche bread, topped with a combination of sugar, butter, and grated cheese. I mean, who can resist a buttery sweet bread that’s so tender, light, and fluffy? Perfect for a sweet breakfast or an afternoon snack, and a cup of coffee or tea. Trust me, it’ll be hard to eat just one.
Ensaymada is a type of Filipino soft and sweet bread covered with butter and sugar and topped with lots of grated cheese. In the 16th century, when the Philippines was colonized by the Spanish, they brought all sorts of changes. Changes that heavily influenced the Filipino cuisine, such as ensaymada
The Filipino ensaymada is an adaptation of the Spanish ensaimada. What’s the difference? Traditional Spanish ensaimada uses pork lard in their dough, called saim. Hence the name ensaimada. While in the Philippines, the base of their dough was butter. Now, in this case, we are not using eggs or dairy to make this ensaymada, but instead I am using my vegan milk bread recipe. It’s the perfect base for this recipe because it’s just as soft, and fluffy as a brioche.
I wanted to make this recipe because, for one, I haven’t seen a completely vegan version of this bread. And two, I was honestly just craving it. Just like the pandesal (Filipino bread rolls), ensaymada are sold at every Filipino bakery. Whenever I would visit my grandma, she would always wake up earlier than us, and fetch us baked goods from the bakeries and serve it to us for breakfast. I remember the joy and excitement I would get when I would open up that brown bag full of baked goods. I will definitely miss those moments.
Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll the dough into a 14-inch rope. Take one end of the dough and start to coil it from the inside out. Leave a space in the middle, as they rise it will fill in the gap.
Tuck the end underneath and gently place it on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for the rest.
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