Pan de Sal I

    2 hours 10 mins

    Crispy and delicious dinner rolls from the Philippines.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 475 ml (2 cups) warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    • 8 g (2 tsp) active dry yeast
    • 65 g (1/3 cup) white sugar
    • 60 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
    • 9 g (1 1/2 tsp) salt
    • 750 g ( 6 cups) all-purpose flour

    Prep:1hr50min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Put the warm water in a small mixing bowl and add the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar; stir to dissolve. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 15 teaspoons of sugar and the oil and mix until smooth. Add the salt, 1 cup of flour and the yeast mixture; stir well. Add the remaining 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, supple and elastic; about 10 minutes. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in it and turn to coat the dough with oil. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume; about 1 hour.
    4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equal pieces. Form each piece into a cylinder and roll out until the 'log' is 1/2 inch in diameter. Using a sharp knife, cut each 'log' into 1/2 inch pieces. Place the pieces, flat side down, onto two lightly greased baking sheets. Gently press each roll down to flatten.
    5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    6. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
    7. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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    I'm glad that I found the site to refresh my mind for exploring anything about cooking  -  13 Oct 2015


    I've made this recipe a few times now, and each time added more sugar and salt (it was quite bland the first time). Adding 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp salt makes it delicious! Just like I remember. Also don't forget to sprinkle the tops with bread crumbs before baking to make it authentic.  -  06 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My first attempt and it was perfect! I was expecting it to be really dense and hard but it came out soft and nice. It tastes a little bland but I think that's how authentic pan de sal should taste like. Perfect with a slice of cheddar cheese -- my all time favorite Filipino breakfast! *JUST A TIP: Make sure that the water is warm to the touch, not boiling hot. Otherwise, the yeast will die & the bread will not rise at all. Thanks for the recipe Michele!  -  05 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)