I love ensaymada. My kids love them too, mainly because of the sugar bits and cheese on top. Why, who doesn't love that?!
The Filipino Ensaymada is a pastry that is derived from ensaïmada which originated from Mallorca, Spain. It is also said to be the Filipino version of the brioche from France. The Filipino Ensaymada is distinctly buttery and sweet, topped with margarine or butter, sugar and cheese.
For the love of ensaymada, and to further up my bread-making skills, I decided that I wanted to try making these yummy pastries!
I once saw a post by @sherylneil, where she shared her ensaymada recipe, and I was quick to comment that I would rather go to the bakery and buy a few pieces than make them. 😅 But baking was calling me and I made several cakes after that, even bread, the ube-cheese pandesal! After my recent experience making ube-cheese pandesal, I was really hesitant to get another "arm workout" from all the kneading.
No joke! I found this recipe yesterday and I already made it for two days in a row. So that also means that we already finished the first batch I baked.
The process was too easy, I barely lifted a finger. Lol. Seriously. I never thought it would work, but when I saw my dough risen and double in size, I could already taste success!
It entailed very minimal kneading, and most of the time spent on this is mainly on the rising time -- 2 hours on the first rise, then kneading for 2 minutes to cut and coil, then 1 hour final rise on the baking tray.
Baking time is 15 minutes, then remove to brush egg yolk on top, then another 10 minutes.
Though I was skeptical at first at how this would turn out because of the process (I thought tedious = success), I was too pleased that the ensaymadas turned out perfect -- soft and buttery.
For the toppings, I made a butter frosting, then sprinkled it with granulated white sugar and loads of cheese!
The fambam loved it.Just look at how Little Miss devoured a big chunk of ensaymada. That's definitely her favorite.
It is a pleasure to serve my family with freshly baked goodies such as these, especially when you see them beam with delight at every bite.
Besides, as I always say, acquiring new skills is always good. This time, it's baking for me.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
For the toppings:
Whisk together softened butter and all purpose cream, you can add confectioner's sugar for sweetness. Spread this evenly to the cooked ensaymada after it has cooled down. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and generous amounts of grated cheddar cheese.
Enjoy this soft, rich, buttery pastry with your preferred beverage -- coffee or tea! Perfect for breakfast, or mid-day snacks.
All photos and videos were shot using smartphone Huawei Nova 3.