20 December 2010

Kulinarya Cooking Club December 2010 : Spanish Bread.

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and it's colourful cuisine.  Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes.  By sharing these recipes we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino food as we do.

This month's theme is Homemade Food Gifts.

When I read that what this month's theme was I was super excited.  The possibilities were endless.  So many choices on what to make.  Because of that, I couldn't make up my mind and I spent weeks trying to decide.  I even consulted with my cooking mentor, my mum.  

In the end, I decided to bake Spanish bread.  

Originally, I wanted to make ensaymada, which is popular during Christmas time in the Philippines but I decided to make a variation of the same dough recipe.  Spanish bread is a also another popular bread in the Philippines.   It is a sweet bread layered with butter and sugar.  I researched the net on why it's called Spanish bread but it seems, no one is certain why.

I searched for a good recipe and I found this one by Kusina ni Manang. I liked this version as it uses a bread machine, which made it a lot easier.  And anything that makes things easier for all the Christmas baking I'm doing, is a winner for me.

Recipe :
2/3 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water 
1 egg
2 egg yolks
85grams butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp yeast

250gram softened butter
1 cup white sugar

Make the dough in the bread machine according to instructions.  My machine instructions suggest to put the liquid ingredients first then add the dry ones except the yeast.  Make a well in the center of the flour then add the yeast in the middle.  By doing this, the yeast doesn't touch the liquid too early enabling the yeast to work better.

Meanwhile, to make the filling, mix the butter and sugar together until totally incorporated.

Once the dough is ready, divide equally into 24 portions.  Roll out the dough into long ovals.  Spread the butter and sugar mixture evenly over the dough.

To roll the dough, start at one end and roll tightly.  Gently cover it with breadcrumbs and place carefully on a tray, cover and leave to rise for 30minutes.

Place in a preheated oven of 180degC and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

These are best eaten warm from the oven.  It can be kept for 3 days in an air tight container and can be reheated up in the oven.

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/* */ Jun Belen said...

I can eat these all day. Seriously. Fresh out of the oven and brushed with butter. I added coconut one time and made pan de coco. Thank you for sharing, Cherrie.

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Anonymous said...

Cherrie, this brings back memories! My brother's favorite afternoon snack at one time. Thanks for sharing!

/* */ Hannah said...

Gotta love bread that uses a full cup of butter in the filling ;) Looks fantastic!

/* */ Connie said...

Wow, I didn't know that the ensaymada and Spanish bread dough are basically the same.

Love your breadmaker. :)

/* */ Skip to Malou said...

my kids and i chorused that we want some.. with some hot choco or for more authentic filipino "feel" with magnolia chocolait. now my daughter is begging for me to make this... thanks for sharing cherrie!
merry christmas to you and your family!

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Fresh home baked bread are the best! I have to say I never had this before.

/* */ A cupcake or two said...

Wow what a fantastic gift to give someone special. What a good idea to use the Bread Maker to do all the work with the dough. I love spanish bread. Especially when its warm with hot chocolate. Oh yummm

/* */ Adora's Box said...

I love this bread! It's nice that you used ensaymada dough. The one we used to buy was made with pan de sal dough. Wish I could have a taste.

/* */ Joy said...

I have been dying to try this. I have yet to make it though. It looks great.

/* */ cusinera said...

There's something about baked bread I find so comforting, it's like a comfy blanket on a cold winter morning=) Love spanish bread, I remember buying them in our street's panaderya along with our morning pandesal.

/* */ Annie said...

I will definitely make this when I get back. Thanks for the recipe Cherrie.

/* */ Anncoo said...

This Spanish bread looks so good. Would like to try some for breakfast.
Merry Christmas :)

/* */ Anonymous said...

Ah! Never thought of making other things like that in our bread machine. Mom only makes white loaf...looking forward to asking her make some of these!

/* */ mommy j said...

Love the idea that you used the bread machine to make the job easier! Well done!

/* */ Manang said...

Shame on me for forgetting to comment on this. I saw this much much earlier but I guess I was too distracted. Thanks for trying my recipe and method for making the spanish bread!

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