E has been baking up a storm – of loaves!
But this time around he wanted to learn how to make pandesal. Of course I was more than willing to oblige.
Pandesal is bread that we grew up with. Back then it seemed that all the neighborhoods had a panaderia that churned out freshly baked pandesal throughout the day. In our neighborhood, it was about 3 blocks away. It was open 24 hours everyday and during the school year, we would buy pandesal at 5 o’clock in the mornng. But when school was out, we would take our dogs for a walk around the neighborhood at midnight and head to the bakery! Aside from pandesal, I would buy Spanish bread and ensaymada!
Pandesal, literally, means salted bread. It is ironic, though, because pandesal is actually a bit sweet.
I couldn’t find a no-knead recipe for pandesal so basically I used the basic no-knead recipe I’ve using but I added sugar! I also substituted part of the water with an egg.
It was a success! At least for my half of the dough… as pandesal I mean…
When E realized that making the pandesal was more complicated than he thought, he decided that his half of the dough would be baked as a boule!