Cheesy Pandesal

Pandesal, a traditional Filipino sweet bun filled with savoury Cracker Barrel cheese goodness. This dish can be enjoyed mid-morning or mid-afternoon.

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  • 140
  • 24


  • 2-3 cups shredded Cracker Barrel Tex Mex cheese
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (90F-100F)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs


  1. Combine 1/4 cup of water warmed to 90F-100F (too hot & you will kill the yeast) & 1 tsp of sugar. Sugar will help activate the yeast. Allow to stand for 10 minutes till frothy.
  2. Combine milk, eggs, melted butter & sugar into a stand mixer with a dough hook.
  3. Add yeast mixture
  4. Add 2 cups of flour and combine at low-med speed, gradually adding the remaining flour.
  5. Allow the stand mixer to do the most of the kneading for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Lightly coat the dough ball with oil and cover with cling wrap in a mixing bowl. Allow to rise for 1 hour.
  7. On a floured work surface divide the dough into two. Each piece should make about 10-12 buns. Shape into balls, flatten with the palm of your hand and fill with 1-2 tbsp of shredded cheese. Fold the dough over and pinch it closed. Form it again into a ball, roll in the breadcrumbs coating all sides and place on a sheet pan pinched side down. Repeat process until all buns are shaped and filled.
  8. Cover again and allow to rise again for 1 hour.
  9. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top.
  10.   Serve hot!
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