Vegan ube cheese pandesal is absolutely delicious and not to mention very pretty to look at. It’s the modern take on the classic Filipino bread roll. This Filipino bread has been taking over my feed since the COVID-19 lockdown started, and I can see why. These buns have a beautiful deep purple color, filled with cheese and ube jam! It actually makes a good flavor combo because the jam and the bread itself are sweet and together with the saltiness from the cheese — it really balances it out.
Pronounced as: “OO-BEH”, ube is a purple yam and is a staple ingredient for Filipino desserts. They are usually boiled and mashed and are used a lot in jams or to color sweet treats. It has a mild and sweet flavor, which some have said is a cross between vanilla and pistachio. Another thing, most people confuse it with taro, and the short answer is, no, they are not the same. Taro is often used in savory cooking, while ube is used for sweets.
I’m gonna be honest with you, I’ve never had a real ube cheese pandesal. I took inspiration from what I’ve seen from other Filipino recipe developers and created my own version. Originally, these are filled with cheddar cheese, however, that flavor combo did not sit well with me. Instead, I decided to fill these up with ube halaya (ube jam) and vegan cream cheese. And let me tell you, it tastes amazing! What’s so great about this vegan ube cheese pandesal is that you don’t need to worry about what kind of spreads to use. It already has its own great sweet and savory filling, so just get your coffee ready and be ready for a great meal!
If you tried this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below. You can also share it with me on Instagram, just tag @flouredframe. I would love to see your recreations! Happy baking!
Recipe and photos updated on January 2021.
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