|Place of origin||Philippines|
|Main ingredients||Flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, salt|
Pan de sal is a popular yeast-raised bread in the Philippines. Individual loaves are shaped by rolling the dough into long logs (bastón) which are rolled in fine bread crumbs. These are then portioned, allowed to rise, and baked.
It is most commonly served hot and consumed by dipping in coffee, hot chocolate or milk. It can also be complemented with butter, margarine, cheese, jam, peanut butter, or chocolate spread. For some areas in the Philippines, they included malunggay leaves as part of its main ingredient. They call it "malunggay pandesal."
Its taste and texture closely resemble those of the Puerto Rican bread pan de agua, French baguette, and Mexican bolillos. Contrary to its name, pan de sal tastes slightly sweet rather than salty. Most of the bakeries bake pandesal in the morning for breakfast consumption, though some bake pandesal the whole day.
In Siargao Island which is a famous surfing hotspot, an elongated oval-shaped version of the pandesal is locally known as "pan de surf" due to the similarity of its shape to a surfboard. It is baked on makeshift ovens fueled with coconut husks and usually sold with pan de coco.
The precursor of pan de sal was pan de suelo ("floor bread"), a local Spanish-Filipino version of the French baguette baked directly on the floor of a wood-fired oven (a pugon). It was made with wheat flour and was harder and crustier than pan de sal. Since wheat is not natively produced in the Philippines, bakers eventually switched to more affordable inferior flour resulting in the softer, doughy texture of pan de sal.
Pan de sal flourished during the American colonial era in the early 1900s, when cheaper American wheat became more readily available. It has since become a staple breakfast bread in the Philippines.
Pan de sal with malunggay
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