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How to Make Ensaymada

Ensaymada or ensaimada is a favorite and popular Filipino fluffy bread coated with margarine and butter.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Bread Recipe
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 244 kcal


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (for the sponge yeast)
  • 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 (for the dough)
  • 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. (This is the sponge yeast).
  • 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 until dough is formed.
  • Knead the dough until texture becomes fine.
  • 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. Sprinkle with flour to avoid sticking to the surface. Roll out thinly into a rectangle.
  • Spread dough surface with melted butter and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Roll as in jelly roll, starting from the lower left hand corner creating a long, thin log then shape it into a coil (spiral) with the end tucked under.
  • 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.
Keyword ensaymada