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How to Make Ensaymada

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Bread Recipe
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 dozen


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup fresh milk or evaporated milk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter for brushing grated cheese


How to make ensaimada:

  • Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Add the yeast and let stand until softened
  • Add 1 cup flour gradually until well blended. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and set aside in warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar thoroughly; add salt and egg yolks, beating well after each addition. Then add milk and stir.
  • Add 4 cups all-purpose flour gradually, blending well. Add this mixture to the sponge yeast. Mix well.
  • Put dough in slightly greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  • Punch down. Divide dough into desired size of rolls. Roll out thinly.
  • Spread surface with melted butter and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Roll as in jelly roll, starting from the lower left hand corner
  • Place in greased ensaimada molds. Let rise for 2 hours.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 400 °F for from 10 to 15 minutes.
  • After taking out from oven, brush with butter and sprinkle with grated cheese and sugar.
  • Yield: 2 dozens.