Ensaymada Recipe (Day 15 of Bread Challenge)

Soft and buttery brioche-like Filipino sweet bread topped with cheese

My mom’s the whole reason why I even pursued making ensaymada in the first place! I was intimidated by making the bread, but after a few years of baking and learning little tricks to good enriched bread, I was ready to tackle the recipe.

Ensaymada stems from Mallorca, Spain, and it’s referred to as “Ensaïmada Mallorquina” or “Ensaïmada de Mallorca”. With the history of Spanish colonization, it made its way to the Philippines.

Filipino ensaymada is LUSCIOUS. The bread is soft and buttery (it’s really loaded with butter), topped with even MORE butter and sugar, then perfected with a mountain of shredded cheese.

This time, I shape the breads into small rolls and bake them in my smallest tins. You can shape them into any size you want including one large loaf tin. Just remember you will need to increase the bake time the larger the

As always, I encourage you to make this recipe your own. How can you change it up and add your own flavors to it?

Ingredients

Brioche Dough
  • 2 cups flour (250 g)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (30 g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant dry yeast (or 2 tsp active dry yeast, bloomed)
  • 3 eggs (150 g)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature (125 g)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter (113 g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, powdered recommended but granulated ok (104 g)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated, cubed, etc. (or any salty cheese of your choice)

Directions

1. In a stand mixer, mix in flour, sugar, yeast, and salt, making sure the salt pile doesn’t make direct contact with the yeast pile. Mix all the dry ingredients well together.

2. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Mix until all the flour has been picked up. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.

3. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes on low speed.

4. While the mixer is still on low speed, add the butter.

5. Keep the mixer on low speed and knead for another 20-25 minutes, or until the dough passes the windowpane test.

6. Scrape the sides and cover. Place in the fridge overnight. The dough will slowly proof overnight. I recommend placing in the refrigerator overnight because the dough contains a lot of butter. It will be chilled making it easier to work with when shaping. If you cannot wait overnight, simply cover and allow the dough to proof for at least 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

7. Shape the dough however you please. I divided mine into 19 equal pieces by weight to place into little muffin tins. You can use whatever baking vessel you want but remember to extend the baking time appropriately.

8. Place the shaped rolls into a well-greased baking dish, and cover with a large plastic bag. Allow the dough to rise again for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

9. Preheat the oven to 350ºF or 175ºC. Once preheated, place the dough inside the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Allow the bread to fully cool down before placing the toppings. Note: Extend the baking time if you shaped the dough into larger rolls than me

10. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Slather evenly across the tops of the bread, and finish off with a generous heap of cheese.

Tips

Try using cream cheese instead of butter for your topping, add a bit more sugar, and whip it up for a thicker cream cheese frosting!

I highly recommend using powdered sugar for the topping. It will result in a smoother, creamier frosting. If you do elect to go with granulated sugar, continue whipping the sugar and butter until the sugar granules are fully dissolved. Otherwise you will end up with a gritty, crunchy frosting.

Use a torch to melt the cheese on top, or place the finished ensaymada in the broiler on high for a few minutes for ooey gooey cheesy goodness!

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Recipe

Ensaymada

Soft and buttery brioche-like Filipino sweet bread topped with cheese
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Proof Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 19 mini rolls

Ingredients
  

Brioche Dough

  • 2 cups flour (250 g)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (30 g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon instant dry yeast (or 2 teaspoon active dry yeast, bloomed)
  • 3 eggs (150 g)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup butter room temperature (125 g)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • ½ cup butter (113 g)
  • ½ cup sugar powdered recommended but granulated ok (104 g)
  • ½ – 1 cup cheddar cheese grated, cubed, etc. (any salty cheese)

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer, mix in flour, sugar, yeast, and salt, making sure the salt pile doesn’t make direct contact with the yeast pile. Mix all the dry ingredients well together.
  • Add the eggsvanilla extract, and milk. Mix until all the flour has been picked up. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes on low speed.
  • While the mixer is still on low speed, add the butter.
  • Keep the mixer on low speed and knead for another 20-25 minutes, or until the dough passes the windowpane test.
  • Scrape the sides and cover. Place in the fridge overnight. The dough will slowly proof overnight. I recommend placing in the refrigerator overnight because the dough contains a lot of butter. It will be chilled making it easier to work with when shaping. If you cannot wait overnight, simply cover and allow the dough to proof for at least 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Shape the dough however you please. I divided mine into 19 equal pieces by weight to place into little muffin tins. You can use whatever baking vessel you want but remember to extend the baking time appropriately.
  • Place the shaped rolls into a well-greased baking dish, and cover with a large plastic bag. Allow the dough to rise again for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF or 175ºC. Once preheated, place the dough inside the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Allow the bread to fully cool down before placing the toppings. Note: Extend the baking time if you shaped the dough into larger rolls than me
  • In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Slather evenly across the tops of the bread, and finish off with a generous heap of cheese.