Best Ube Pandesal Recipe with Cheese and Ube Jam Filling

What I’m sharing here is my version of the hot pandesal we ate for breakfast as kids and that my mum used to make but this time I made more interesting with cheese and ube jam.

Pandesal is a common bread roll in the Philippines. It is made of flour, eggs, yeast, sugar and salt but purple Pandesal has been trending so I used my  Pandesal recipe and just added Ube extract, ube jam and of course cheddar cheese in the middle is perfect for this delicious bread.
These bright purple yam bread rolls, known as ube pandesal in the Philippines, are easy to make.



3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast
1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 eggs, beaten, room temperature
1 cup milk
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp. ube flavor extract add more purple food coloring if desired
1/2 cup ube jam for flour mixture
2 cups ube jam for filling

Extra flour for kneading
Cheddar cheese, cubed
Plain bread crumbs for coating


Dissolve yeast and 1/2 tbsp. sugar in warm water (115°F). Stir to dissolve and let stand for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

While waiting for yeast to rise, place milk, butter, oil, 3 tbsp. sugar, and salt into a  saucepan.

Heat the mixture for around 2 minute over low heat on the stove. Mixture should not too hot to the touch, you’ll need to let it sit a few minutes to cool down a little bit.

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup ube jam, egg and yeast mixture. Mix on a medium speed with dough hook to combine.

Once the milk mixture has cooled enough, add it to the flour/egg/yeast mixture.
Add the ube extract.

Continuing on a medium speed, gently add another 1 1/2 cup of flour then add 1 tbsp. at a time.  Continue mixing until a dough is formed and clean sides of bowl.

Form the dough into a ball and transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth  and let it rise in a warm place for at least an hour.

After rising, punch down the dough and transfer onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 2 equal parts.

Roll each part until it forms into a log. Cut each log into equal pieces.
Take 1 piece of dough, flatten with your fingers then add the cheese and a bit of ube jam in the middle. Gather edges to seal and form small dough balls, coat with bread crumbs and place on baking sheet. Cover the tray  with a damp cloth and let it rise for at least  30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy!


Author: recipesbylucelle

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