Cheesy Ensaymada – Filipino Brioche

Cheesy Ensaymada – Filipino Brioche

Ensaymada is one of my favorite Filipino treats.  It has been a popular Filipino roll for over 4 centuries ever since it was adapted from the Spanish pastry called Ensaimada which originated is Mallorca, Spain.

There or many versions of this Filipino roll which like a brioche is sweet and fluffy.  Many bakeries specialize in this yummy pastry, a couple of my favorites are Goldilocks and Red Ribbon.  Unlike the brioche which has no topping Ensaymadas are slathered in butter, dipped in sugar and sprinkled with cheese, in many cases “queso de bola” the Filipino name for Edam.

Since it’s a family favorite it’s no wonder that the aunties have their own favorite recipe.  In fact there are one or two aunties who are known for making Ensaymada, a treat which they bring to most family gatherings.

But one can’t rely on the aunties to make this favorite roll, specially since we all live so far apart.  That’s why I’ve started making Ensaymada at home, using auntie’s recipe of course!

The ensaymada dough is rolled and placed into tart pans, it’s the best way to ensure uniform size and shape.  I use these 5″ aluminum tart pans I buy from Amazon.  I’ve found it was the least expensive way to buy them.  And of course being Asian I wash and reuse them!

If I can’t find Edam cheese I use grated cheddar cheese instead.  The other ingredients are things you probably already have in the pantry and fridge.  It also calls for a dozen egg yolks, I know you’re left trying to figure out what to do with the egg whites!  How about making Pavlovas?  Here’s my Pavlova recipe, it’s definitely worth a try!

The Ensaymada recipe is pretty easy, but it does take several hours because the dough has to rise.  I usually start early in the morning and am done sometime in the afternoon, depending on how fast the dough rises.  I use the dough hook on my stand mixer to knead the dough, but you can also knead it by hand.

Homemade Ensaymada may take time and patience, but it is definitely worth the effort!

Cheesy Ensaymada

Ingredients:

1 Cup Warm Water

2 Tbs. Sugar

2 Tbs. Yeast

8 Cups Flour

1 1/2 Cup Whole Milk

1 Cup Sugar

12 Egg Yolks

1 Cup Butter softened

24 Tsp. Grated Edam

Topping:

1 Stick Butter softened

1/2 Cup Sugar

Grated Edam

Directions:

Mix Warm Water, 2 Tbs. sugar, and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl.

Let stand in a warm place for 20 minutes, it should be foamy.

Add 1 Cup of flour to yeast mixture and mix well.

Let stand in a warm place for 30 minutes, set your timer so it doesn’t over rise.

Add milk, 1 cup sugar, egg yolks, and butter to the yeast mixture, mix well.

Add remaining 7 cups of flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Mix well between additions.

Knead dough until flour is all combined, do not over knead.

Divide dough into 24 balls working 1 tsp. cheese into each ball.

Flatten each ball with a rolling pin to about 1/2″ thick then roll into a cigar shape that’s about 10″ long rope.

Coil rope into each tart pan.

Place in a warm place and let rise for 3-4 hour.  Top of roll will be above tart pan rim.

Pre-heat over to 325 degrees. Once it reaches temperature wait 10 minutes then put ensaymada in the over.  (I place tart pans on a large baking sheet and slide the whole sheet in the oven.

Bake 7 Minutes then rotate pan 180 degrees and bake for another 7 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Remove from pans and brush tops with softened butter.

Dip each roll in sugar then sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Wrap each roll in plastic wrap.

Rolls may be frozen by placing wrapped rolls in a freezer bag.  Warm frozen rolls in microwave for about 1 minute.

They are delicious for breakfast!


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Pretzel Bites

Pretzel Bites

I love pretzels in any shape or form, what I’m not too thrilled about is the price of pretzels at the mall or the re-heated frozen pretzels they sell for a ridiculous price at the movie theaters.  That’s why I’ve been making my own pretzels for the past year or so.

In the beginning I thought pretzels were really hard to make at home.  The Alkaline Water Bath that gives pretzels that unique pretzel flavor and signature chewy crust seemed daunting.  So to avoid a procedure I thought would be messy and difficult I first made pretzels that didn’t require this dipping process.  Those pretzels were very good and seriously really easy to make!  Instead of the Alkaline Water Bath these pretzels were brushed with egg wash which gave them a shiny surface.  Click here for that no bath basic pretzel recipe!

My family really loves those pretzels which I switch up with different flavors including a Cheesy Garlic Pretzel and a cinnamon sugar one. But delicious as they are they lack that true pretzel texture and flavor.  So I decided what the heck, let me try to make “real” pretzels.  I didn’t want to be too ambitious, I seriously thought the bath dip was very difficult, so I figured I’d start with Pretzel Bites.  Dipping small pieces of dough had to be easier and less messy than dipping and entire pretzel!

Once I got the Alkaline Water Bath going, which by the way is just a fancy name for a Baking Soda dip, I discovered this step was pretty easy.  And believe me the end results were so worth the extra effort!  The Pretzel Bites turned out EXACTLY like the ones sold at the mall!  My homemade Pretzel Bites had the same flavor and texture; they’re crust has a bit of crunch when you bite it yet it’s chewy too.  In short they were perfect.  My grandsons love them!

So next time you have a yen for Pretzel Bites don’t run to the mall just whip up a batch at home!  Believe me you won’t regret it.  Here’s the recipe!

Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups Flour

1 1/2 Tsp. Yeast

1/2 Tsp Salt

1 Tbs. Butter, melted

2 Tsp. Brown Sugar

1 Cup Warm Water

Kosher or Coarse Salt for the topping

2/3 cup Baking Soda in 10 Cups water for the Bath

Directions:

Mix together flour, yeast, 1 Tbs. of the melted butter, brown sugar, and water. If using a stand mixer use the dough hook attachment to mix.

Once the ingredients are well combined knead with dough hook for about 5 minutes or by hand for 12 minutes.

Dough should be very soft and smooth but not sticky.  If too sticky add more flour 1 Tbs. at a time until it’s no longer sticky.  If the dough is too dry add more warm water 1 Tbs. at a time until it’s soft and smooth.

Move dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a cloth or plastic wrap.  Let rise until it’s doubled in size, about 30-60 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine baking soda and water for the bath in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile punch down dough and divide into 10 equal pieces.

Let rest for 5 minutes uncovered.

Roll each piece into long rope on a lightly floured surface.

Cut each rope into 1″ pieces.

Drop pieces into boiling baking soda bath 2-3 pieces at a time.  make sure they aren’t crowded together or at sticking to each other.

Let dough sit in the baking soda bath until they float.

Remove each floating dough piece from baking soda bath and place on baking sheet about 1/2′ apart.

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve either by themselves (they’re delicious) or with your favorite dipping sauce like mustard, cheese, marinara sauce or ranch.

 

 

 

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Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts) Recipe!!!

Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts) Recipe!!!

Twisted Fried Donuts “Shakoy” is a Filipino all-time favourite snack “meryenda” and it is very popular with its native version of twisted sugar doughnuts. You can buy and find this everywhere in all edges here in Philippines, local markets and even in street vendors.

I remember how I love Shakoy when I was just a kid, I force my grandmother (Lola) to cooked it every day for an afternoon snack. Now that I’m old enough to know the procedures and how to cook, now, my Lola always wants me to cook Shakoy everyday. This dish is very easy to cook and to prepare the only delaying part is when you wait for the dough to rise up because it takes time.

This is my version of Shakoy (Twisted Fried Donuts) Recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (add a little extra for dusting)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 tbsp. yeast

1-2 cups cooking oil, for frying

1/2 cup water

Directions:

Sift all purpose flour, add salt and yeast then mix very well Using a large bowl.

Make a well in the middle and pour the water then mix until forms dough.

Sprinkle flour and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and form a ball.

In case the dough is still too sticky, add a little flour, then knead more until you get to the right consistency.

Get a clean bowl, grease with oil and place the dough on it and cover with clean cloth and let it rest for 1 at least an hour or so. (These process will double the size of the dough.

After an hour when the dough rises, punch down and knead, cut in your desired sizes.

Roll the dough into a long stick and from a twist.

Place the twisted dough on a tray and cover with a clean cloth and let it rest for 1 hour to rise.

In a large frying pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.

Drop the twisted dough in batches and fry until color turns golden brown.

Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels, drop in a bowl of sugar and roll.

Coat Shakoy evenly and shake off the excess white sugar.

Serve while it’s hot with cold or hot drinks,

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  1. Sift all purpose flour, add salt and yeast then mix very well Using a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle and pour the water then mix until forms dough.
  3. Sprinkle flour and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and form a ball.
  4. In case the dough is still too sticky, add a little flour, then knead more until you get to the right consistency.
  5. Get a clean bowl, grease with oil and place the dough on it and cover with clean cloth and let it rest for 1 at least an hour or so. (These process will double the size of the dough.
  6. After an hour when the dough rises, punch down and knead, cut in your desired sizes.
  7. Roll the dough into a long stick and from a twist.
  8. Place the twisted dough on a tray and cover with a clean cloth and let it rest for 1 hour to rise.
  9. In a large frying pan, heat cooking oil over medium heat.
  10. Drop the twisted dough in batches and fry until color turns golden brown.
  11. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels, drop in a bowl of sugar and roll.
  12. Coat Shakoy evenly and shake off the excess white sugar.
  13. Serve while it’s hot with cold or hot drinks,
  14. Share and Enjoy!!!
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Siopao – Filipino Steamed  Pork Bun (Pork Asado filling)

Siopao – Filipino Steamed Pork Bun (Pork Asado filling)

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Siopao literally means “steamed bun”  with yummy meat fillings. It is a famous Chinese-Filipino snack or street food.  It’s mainly sold in Chinese restaurants or by sidewalk vendors in the Philippines.

Pork Asado Siopao or Steamed Pork Bun is the most popular type  and a favorite of many Filipinos including me. There are many kinds of fillings that can be used in this siopao recipe but pork asado is the most popular one.

Making siopao or steamed pork bun is not as difficult as you think, if you have some experience in kneading dough, then making siopao is easy. The only tricky part is twisting and sealing the dough when you finished wrapping up the filling. It must have that fluffy and soft bun with yummy filling inside.

Here’s a Siopao with Pork Asado Filling recipe you can follow, Enjoy!!!

 

Ingredients:

For Siopao Dough:

4 cups flour

3 tbsp. shortening

2 tsp. dry active yeast

¾ cup sugar

2 tbsp. olive oil

¼ tsp. salt

2 cups warm water

For Pork Asado Filling:

½ kg. pork, sliced into small pieces

2- 21/2 tbsp. oyster sauce

¼ cup soy sauce

2 tbsp. cornstarch, dilute in ¼ cup water

¼ cup brown sugar or white sugar

2 cups water

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pc. onion, minced

2-3 tbsp. cooking oil

 

Directions:

For Pork Asado Filling:

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat then sauté the garlic and onion.

Add the sliced pork and stir fry until the color turns light brown.

Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar then stir and add 2 cups water, simmer for at least 45-60 minutes.

Add the diluted cornstarch and stir until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.

For Siopao Dough:

In a bowl or glass, pour in 2 cups of warm water, add the sugar, shortening and stir for a while to dissolve then sprinkle the yeast and set aside for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

After 10-15 minutes you can now add the salt and olive oil in the bowl, mix well, add the flour and continue mixing till well blended; knead on floured board until smooth.

Shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl greased with. Grease surface of dough. A little bit of olive oil so it won’t stick or you can buy a non-stick spray for food so it won’t stick on the bowl.

Cover with wet cloth, foil or a food plastic wrapper and set aside for at least 60 – 120 minutes in a warm temperature place to let the dough rise.

Then after that you can now punch down the dough and divide into desired sizes.

Form into balls and let them rise again for 30 minutes.

Flatten dough with a rolling pin.

Fill the center with prepared pork asado using spoon.

Wrap the filling similar to wrapping a siomai and seal the dough by twisting the top and shape into small balls.

Place a piece of clean wax paper at the bottom of the balls to prevent them from sticking to the steamer.

Let the balls rise for at least 60 – 90 minutes or until double the size.

And finally, steam at least 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked.

Serve while it’s hot,

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For Siopao Dough:
For Pork Asado Filling:
Servings: people
Instructions
For Pork Asado Filling:
  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat then sauté the garlic and onion.
  2. Add the sliced pork and stir fry until the color turns light brown.
  3. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar then stir and add 2 cups water, simmer for at least 45-60 minutes.
  4. Add the diluted cornstarch and stir until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.
For Siopao Dough:
  1. In a bowl or glass, pour in 2 cups of warm water, add the sugar and stir for a while to dissolve then sprinkle the yeast and set aside for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. After 10-15 minutes you can now add the salt and olive oil in the bowl, mix well, add the flour and continue mixing till well blended; knead on floured board until smooth.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl greased with. Grease surface of dough. A little bit of olive oil so it won’t stick or you can buy a non-stick spray for food so it won’t stick on the bowl.
  4. Cover with wet cloth, foil or a food plastic wrapper and set aside for at least 60 – 120 minutes in a warm temperature place to let the dough rise.
  5. Then after that you can now punch down the dough and divide into desired sizes.
  6. Form into balls and let them rise again for 30 minutes.
  7. Flatten dough with a rolling pin.
  8. Fill the center with prepared pork asado using spoon.
  9. Wrap the filling similar to wrapping a siomai and seal the dough by twisting the top and shape into small balls.
  10. Place a piece of clean wax paper at the bottom of the balls to prevent them from sticking to the steamer.
  11. Let the balls rise for at least 60 – 90 minutes or until double the size.
  12. And finally, steam at least 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked.
  13. Serve while it’s hot,
  14. Share and Enjoy!!!
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[tonjoo_spb]Open the steamer right after 10 minutes and touch the buns. If the buns are fluffy and soft then its ready to serve.

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