Pan de Siosa is a Filipino type of pull apart bread which is known for its soft texture and its generous toppings of butter, sugar and cheese.
- In a bowl combine yeast, warm water and 1 tsp white sugar. Set it aside until foamy.
- Place yeast and water mixture in a stand-up mixer together with the rest of the bread ingredients.
- Using a kneading hood, mix everything in the lowest speed for 5 minutes. Increase speed to the next speed setting then continue to mix/knead for 10 minutes. At this stage it should be elastic and stretchy, if not continue kneading for 5 more minutes.
- Remove mixing bowl from mixer, shape the dough into a large round ball, place it in a large bowl then cover it with a damp cloth. Place bowl in a warm location and let it rise until the size doubles.
- This can take between 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours depending on the humidity and temperature you left the bowl. You can also prepare this a day in advance and once the size doubles place it immediately in the refrigerator to stop it from rising, then just continue on the next day.
- Remove the dough from the bowl, gently deflate them then divide into 21 to 24 portions. Shape each portion into a small ball then arrange them in three 9-inch round baking pan spacing them evenly. Set this aside then cover it with a damp kitchen towel then let it rise until it doubles in size.
- Once dough is ready, brush top with beaten egg then bake in a 180C preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until the buns are lightly golden.
- Remove from oven, pour melted butter on top, sprinkle it with generous amounts of sugar and grated cheese.