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Malunggay Pandesal

Malunggay Rolls or Pandesal
Malunggay Rolls or Pandesal

 (Moringa Flavoured Bread Rolls)

Servings Prep Time: 35-40 pcs /3-4  hours
Cook Time: 20  minutes

Malunggay Pandesal


  • Activating the yeast
  • 1 sachet Instant Yeast 7g
  • 350 ml  Lukewarm Water
  • 1  tsp Sugar
  • Making the dough
  • 500 grams Strong White Flour more for dusting
  • 1/2  cup  Sugar
  • 1  tbsp  Salt
  • 90 grams Shortening
  • handful Dried Malunggay Leaves
  • 1  tbsp  Oil for greasing the bowl
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs for coating

Servings:  35 pcs

ACTIVATE THE YEAST. Dissolve yeast in warm water, then add sugar and let it stand for 10 minutes.

MAKING THE DOUGH. Combine the flour, sugar, warm water, salt, dried malunggay leaves, and shortening in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Add the yeast mixture and mix again. If the mixture is too wet add more flour.

KNEAD THE MIXTURE. The dough can be kneaded by hand or in a mixer with dough hook. To test the dough if it is ready, pinch a piece off and stretch it into a square. The dough is ready if it is elastic enough to be stretched into a translucent sheet of dough. If it tears continue kneading.

GREASE BOWL. Grease a large bowl with oil. Place the dough in the bowl with cling film and let the dough rise to about twice its size.
PUNCH DOUGH. Punch down the dough and knead again to redistribute the yeast.
ROLL DOUGH. Roll each piece of dough into a rectangular sheet and then roll the sheet into a log, about 20 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Let the dough rest for an hour.
CUT THE DOUGH. Using a dough cutter or a sharp knife, cut the log into 1 inch thick pieces then roll each piece in breadcrumbs. Place on a baking tray with the cut side up, about 2 inches apart and let it rest again for an hour. Preheat the oven at 180C.
BAKE. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until the rolls becomes lightly toasted.

COOL DOWN. Put the rolls on the cooling rack for 10-20 minutes. Ready to serve.

Happy baking and enjoy!

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