I started baking when I was ten. But I never made bread because bread-baking is/was my mom’s arena, and truthfully I thought it was tedious to make homemade bread when it was readily available in the supermarket (and my mom made bread at least once a week!). But when my mom stopped baking (presumably due to old age), I suddenly developed the desire to bake bread! So I decided to just go for it! That was in 2011.
So I’ve been baking bread since then. So far, so good… except that I have not been successful in making ensaymada! Actually I did get a good result once – with a no-knead formula, but I wanted to try the ensaymada recipe of my mom…
The ensaymada that is available these days is not the same as the ensaymada of my childhood. The one that I grew up with is basically a soft bread rolled in a snail-like fashion with margarine (Star) and sugar on top. The ones that are popular now are pale, airy, pillow-y, and less bread-y… and super duper cheesy! These days, I like the “modern” ensaymada better even if I still yearn for the old-style once in a while.
So, anyway, this recipe is one of many from my mom’s recipe collection (I still don’t have her permission to share her recipes) and it looks pretty good. I used half the dough to make cheese rolls and the other half into ube ensaymada.
Thank goodness for stand mixers! I swear I would not have kneaded this dough successfully!!! The dough was rather “wet” and even after about 12 minutes of kneading by stand mixer, it was still soft and pliant… but it passed the “window” test.
The cheese rolls were first to be baked. It turned out much browner than I wanted. But they were soft, pillowy, although the cheese stick inside melted! I guess I have to find cheese that does not melt…
The ensaymada were better since I covered them with foil while baking. Everyone declared the ube ensaymada the winner… except for the kid, who lobbied for the cheese roll. For her, it was better than the ensaymada (and she proved it by eating half of the cheese breads!
I can proudly say now that I have succeeded!!! Now on to the next recipe in her collection!