Spanish Bread

Spanish Bread

I don’t know why this is called Spanish bread as I guess it does not have anything to do with any Spanish types of bread. Anyways for those who know why, please let me know, I can’t find any resource on why is it named such. Anyways Spanish bread is a popular bakery item in the Philippines after pandesal, ensaymada and pan de coco, it is a soft and moist type of bread with sugar and margarine filling, similar to cinnamon the dough is flattened then fillings are then spread out then finally rolled.  It is usually served during breakfast or merienda (tea time) together with coffee or milk.

Ingredients (Bread)

4 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp yeast
2/3 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 egg
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp margarine
1 1/2 tsp salt
bread crumbs

Ingredients (Filling)

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup white sugar


1. Mix yeast and warm water together. Set aside.
2. Mix filling ingredients together.
3. Mix all dough ingredients in a large bowl then pour the yeast mixture. Once it forms a dough knead in a flat surface then flatten with a rolling pin, should be around 8mm thick.
4. Spread filling ingredients into the dough while avoiding tthe edge, cut dough into isosceles trapezoid (Like triangle with top cut off) shapes. Starting from the longer edge roll the dough all the way tightly and make sure the end seals. Roll them in bread crumbs then place in a greased baking pan then do the rest for the remaining dough.
5. Cover baking pan with a cling wrap then set aside and let it rise for an hour.
6. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 12 minutes.
7. Remove from baking pan immediately then let it cool in a wire rack.

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30 thoughts on “Spanish Bread

  1. They are so beautifully yellow and look so soft! I am afraid of making bread or rolls in general (I know myself: I would finish all of it in no time at all, even before it cools down).

  2. I always find it interesting, often mysterious, and sometimes just plain silly, how many dishes are named for different cultures or countries with which they have no other connection than that–their name!

    French fries, English muffins, Russian tea; as far as I know they’re all strictly American-derived foods and would’ve been an utter surprise, when encountered for the first time, to people native from their namesake countries! When I was in college I had a wonderful Thai roommate who fell in love with cookies my mother brought us, long a favorite in our family and for completely unknown reasons, named ‘Oriental Crunch’ (crisp-chewy coffee cookies with almonds and chocolate chips baked in). Needless to say, Pavinee was amused by the name. But then she finally had to admit to me that one of her favorite dishes back home when she was young had been called ‘Crunchy American’ (however that’s spelled/pronounced in Thai!). At least we had both a lot of fun and a lot of good eating while we roomed together. :)

  3. Spanish bread!!! I love spanish bread, I miss spanish bread! We used to have a bakery when I was small back in our old home. I remember eating spanish bread all the time as well as the bread with red sticky sweet stuff inside (I forgot what it was called). Yum yum yum!! :)

  4. “Spanish” bread or not, these look fantastic! I have to have a go at making these myself. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. with all the crazy array of fillings out there being sold in bakeries, its refreshing to see this with a simple margarine and sugar filling

  6. Those look delicious. I’ll admit whenever I’m home I eagerly await the pandesal man, but I would never turn down Spanish bread either. The filling on it is always my favorite part!

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  10. Back in the day, the Philippines was colonized by Spain for 300 years, I believe that’s where the influence came from.

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