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How To Make Ensaymada

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Filipino Sweet Butter Bread
Ensaymada is a soft and sweet bun, Filipinos favourite merienda or snack and usually paired with coffee. It is said to have originated in Majorca, Spain. It is similar to their pastry Ensaimada, Filipino Ensaymada uses local ingredients and has butter instead of pork lard.
Ensaymada is traditionaly eaten during Christmas. It’s topped with butter cream, cheddar cheese and paired with hot chocolate. What a perfect combination! But of course you can make and eat ensaymada all year around if you like.

Ensaymada (Filipino sweet butter bread)

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Ingredients

  • 600g plain flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 117ml water
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150g sugar
  • 15ml condensed milk
  • 113g melted and cooled unsalted butter
  • 113 cup softened butter
  • 200g cheddar cheese, grated (optional)

Instructions

1

In a bowl mix water, 1tbsp sugar and yeast stir until it dissolve leave it aside for 15 minutes

2

Mix flour, sugar, eggs, milk and yeast mixture until all is incorporated. If using a stand alone/electric mixer use a dough hook and mix for 5 minutes on a low setting

3

Knead the dough for 10-15 until you see a smooth dough or when the dough sticks on the hook on a higher setting

4

Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic film, let is rest in a room temperature or inside a turned off oven (I do this during winter to make sure the dough rises) let is rise for 1 hour

5

Take the dough and punch it down, cut them into small balls about 60-80g per piece

6

Roll the balls into rectangles and the brush surface with melted butter then roll it into a long cylinder and twirl into shape tucking the end at the botton

7

Place each piece in a greased ensaymada moulder or a cupcake cases then put it in a baking tray and cover it in plastic film

8

Let it rise again for 1 an a half hours or until it double or triple in size

9

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180C (350F, Gas Mark 4) or until golden

10

Take the bread out of the oven and let it cool on a rack then take it out of the moulder or cases

11

Brush the top of each ensaymada with soft butter, sprinkle them with sugar and cheese

12

Ready to serve and enjoy!

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