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Ube Pandesal 1

Ube Pandesal

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 24 medium or 30 small buns 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ube is quite popular nowadays everyone puts it everywhere, in champorado, cookies, doughnuts, pancakes and now I am trying it in a pandesal.


  • 3 1/2 cups high grade flour + some for dusting
  • 1/2 tightly packed cup mashed steamed ube
  • 75 g butter, softened
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • breadcrumbs
  • several drops ube flavocol, adjust to the colour you require


  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water, set aside until bubbly.
  2. Mix in milk, egg, sugar and melted butter.
  3. In a clean and flat surface place flour and salt then make a well in a middle, pour the liquid in the centre and start combining the wet (with mashed ube) and dry ingredients.
  4. Knead the dough for 15 minutes until it resembles a soft clay. Place flour on the surface if needed to avoid sticking.
  5. Once finished kneading, shape the dough into a ball then place in a large bowl, cover with damp cloth then let it rise for an hour on a warm location.
  6. Lightly deflate the dough, divide into rolls of 1-inch diameters, cut into 1.5-inch pieces then form into small buns, place on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Set aside in a warm location and let it rise for 1 hour.
  8. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top then bake on a 200C pre heated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.


  • If you don’t have ube you can use mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes. You can also totally omit the mashed ube and replace it with equal amounts of all-purpose flour. In doing so you will heavily rely on the ube flavouring for the taste.
  • Total Time does not include rising time
  • You can also use a bread maker to make things easy, if doing so you will need to omit steps 3 to 5, just dump everything in the bread maker, set into dough mode.