Ube Pandesal

Ube Pandesal is a sudden hit amongst Filipinos. Just look everywhere people are at rage posting photos of Ube Pandesal and Ube Cheese Pandesal. It has been trending lately and I want to get my hands on this much-loved bread from the Philippines.

This pandesal recipe is different from what I used to make, but you are welcome to give it a go with Pandesal recipe without Bread Maker and just add ube flavouring. I highly recommend using McCormick Ube extract to give it a real ube flavour. This recipe is only Ube Pandesal but of course, if you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you just add cheddar cheese in the middle of the dough before baking.

Ube Pandesal Recipe


1 cup milk, evaporated or fresh

1 pouch or 2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

1 tablespoon sugar, for proofing

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup bread flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon ube flavour extract

breadcrumbs for coating

How to Make Ube Pandesal?


  1. PROOF YEAST: Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water (110-115 degrees F) and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir to dissolve and let stand for 10 minutes or until it bubbles.
  2. MAKE DOUGH: In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and sugar. Add the yeast mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla essence and ube flavouring. Mix on medium speed with a dough hook until combined.
  3. Mix the dough until it forms. Transfer in a clean flat surface and knead the dough with your hands for 10 minutes until smooth. It should bounce back when you lightly press your finger into the dough.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1 1/2 hour until double in size. If you live in a humid place, you can pre-heat the oven at 100 degrees C for about 10 minutes then turn it off. Place the bowl with the dough inside. This will help to rise the dough even in colder months.
  5. Give the dough a gently punch. Roll the dough into a log, cut and divide it into 20-25 pieces. Flatten each dough, at this stage if you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you should add in the cubed cheddar cheese filling, seal and shape into a ball.
  6. Line baking sheets with baking paper and place the dough pieces with 1/2 inch apart. Cover it with a clean tea towel or plastic wrap and let it rise again for another 30 minutes- 1hour.
  7. Don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degreed F (180 degrees C) before baking.
  8. Roll each dough with breadcrumbs.
  9. Bake them for 10-15 minutes until the top is lightly brown.

Serve and enjoy this Ube Pandesal with family and friends!


  • When proofing yeast, make sure that the temperature of the milk is between 100-115 degrees F. More than this will kill the yeast. I also found out that adding 1 tablespoon sugar to the yeast mixture helps it proof easily.
  • You know you knead the dough well if it bounces back when you lightly press it with your finger. Normally, kneading takes about 10 minutes.
  • During winter months or if it is humid, you can preheat the oven to 100 degrees C, turn it off and place the dough to rise.
  • If you want to make Ube Cheese Pandesal, you can place cubed cheddar cheese on each flatten dough before rolling them to dough balls.
  • You can use either active or rapid rise (instant) yeast. Rapid rise (instant) yeast does not need to be bloomed or activated, but you can proof it too just to make sure.

Did you make this Ube Pandesal? Please leave us a comment below.

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