Spanish bread was the bread of my childhood in the Philippines. It is a yeast bread that is rolled in a log enclosed in a sweet and buttered filling. They are then rolled in breadcrumbs before baking. It is very common to find them in “panaderia” or local bakeries. Normally enjoyed as an afternoon snack.

Prep Time35 minutes
 Cook Time- 15 minutes

Ingredients of SPANISH BREAD

FOR DOUGH

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg

FOR FILLING

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 cup water or milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • butter

FOR BREADING

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup bread crumps

How To Make SPANISH BREAD

  1. Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Put lukewarm milk, melted butter, and beaten egg. Mix until well blended. Add the instant yeast and mix well.
  2. Knead the dough with lightly oiled hands until it becomes elastic, about 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the filling: In a pan over medium heat, melt butter until bubbly. Add the flour and 1/4 cup bread crumbs and mix well. Once it starts to boil, add water or milk, sugar, salt and rest of breadcrumbs. Cook until thick. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide into equal parts using a knife of dough slicer. Roll each piece into a long triangle. Brush the middle part with butter then spread filling on the surface leaving about a the edges unfilled. Roll the dough starting from the wider end towards the smaller end enclosing the filling.
  5. Brush each rolled dough with milk  then roll it on a plate of breadcrumbs, make sure that the end part sits at the bottom so it won’t open up while baking. Cover with cloth let them rise for another 30 minutes. Remove cover before baking.
  6. Place the baking sheet and bake at 150°C for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the Spanish bread from the oven.

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