What is ensaïmada / ensaymada? It is a kind of sweet pastry that originally came from Mallorca, Spain. There are different variants from Balearic Islands of Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The Philippines used to be a Spanish colony for 300 years and has adopted this delicious pastry. The ensaymada has evolved through the years. Most of the people make it using the traditional way. In this post, I’ll show how I made it using my bread machine (Bread Machine Ensaymada).
We all know manual kneading is a very labor intensive task. So I tried making mine with the use of bread machine to make things easier. Check out the recipe and print the recipe below. Enjoy your freshly baked bread machine ensaymada.
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A few reminders:
Since we are using a Bread Machine, there are a few things that we have to keep in mind. First, we are going to use a Bread Machine Yeast instead of the Active Dry Yeast. Unlike the traditional way where the yeast will be the first one to be prepared by making it foamy, the Bread Machine Yeast goes last. You also have to make sure that it does not touch the water (or any liquid in the recipe) and the salt before kneading it. This is because the yeasts work differently. The Active Dry Yeast will normally require to be activated before adding to the bread whereas the Bread Machine Yeast or Instant Dry Yeast doesn’t require activation. It goes directly to the dough. I have also provided the YEAST CONVERSION CHART (FREE PRINTABLE) if you need one.
- 1 1/2 tbsp Bread Machine Yeast
- 1 cup water
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour
- Ube Jam or
- grated cheese or
- macapuno strings
- In the bread machine, put the following in this order: 4 egg yolks, evaporated milk, water, salt, sugar and 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.
- Make a small indention on top of the flour. This is where you will put the Bread Machine Yeast. Make sure it doesn't touch the salt or the liquid ingredients before kneading. This was specified in the bread machine's manual.
- Set your Bread Machine to Dough Setting and knead the first mixture for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, pause your bread machine and add the following: 4 egg yolks, melted butter, oil, sugar and 4 cups flour. Continue kneading. Wait until the mixture is smooth and elastic.
- After the dough setting is done, wait for around 45 minutes or until double in size. TIP: If your bread machine is like mine with a small window opening, cover it with a dark cloth. I find mine to rise faster.
- Punch down the dough. Divide into 24 portions. Form each portion into a bowl. Brush top with a little oil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
- Flatten each dough into flat sheet. Fill with grated cheese or ube jam or macapuno strings. Roll. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, stretch and coil.
- Put into an ensaymada mold or if you don't have it, you can use a flat sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with egg wash.
- Allow to rise until double in bulk - around 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until done.
- Cool completely before taking ensaymada out of the molds. Brush with soft butter and grate cheese on top. Sprinkle with sugar.