Easy and Quick Filipino-Style Senorita Bread Recipe

Senorita bread has found its way across the globe, making itself known as one of the most delectable baked treats around. Not many people know of it, but once they do, they get an instant craving and drool over the thought of tasting this treat. Many are not sure how it got its senorita bread nickname, because its original roots come from the Philippines, where it is called Spanish bread.

Getting to Know the Famous Bread

Spanish bread? Senorita bread? It does sound European, but most bakers and food bloggers agree that it does not have any ties with Spanish cuisine. Whoever first came up with the idea of giving it its name might have his own reasons - we shall never know. The fact is that it originates from Southeast Asia, where the light bread rolls have made their mark. Almost every bakery in the Philippines makes and sells these bread rolls, making them a staple offering wherever you go. In America, however, these are rare and hard to find - that’s why they suddenly garnered an almost-VIP bread status.

Many say that they’re even better - and more addicting - than donuts! Can you imagine how good they must be? Lately, foodies have been heading over to Vallejo in search of this bread, which has been baked and sold at the now-trending Starbread Bakery. Here, the patrons claim that they might have some sort of relation to the more popular Hawaiian dinner rolls, merged with French croissants - a hybrid of multiple cuisines.

It doesn’t matter where they come from. The important thing is that we know that they are freshly baked rolls, light as a feather, topped with sugary butter glaze, and filled with a yummy and gooey caramel-y component. If that didn’t make you drool, you mustn’t have read it right!

Many have tried to guess their recipe and make their own, but few have succeeded. If you are one of these hopefuls, you’ll be glad to see that we’re supplying you with the Filipino recipe for senorita bread below.

Filipino Senorita Bread Recipe

This recipe makes 16 rolls. It is best eaten while fresh and still hot, although you can always freeze up your extras and enjoy them later.

  • 1 pack instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1. Dissolve the yeast in water. Your water must be tepid, between 100 to 110 degrees.

2. Add 1 tsp sugar to proof the yeast. Let it stand for 10 minutes. The volume of the mixture should double.

3. Take a bowl and whisk together your sugar, salt, and flour.

4. Pour in the butter, milk, eggs, and the yeast mixture. Mix all ingredients well.

5. Dust a clean surface using flour. Proceed with kneading your mixture until you get a smooth dough. Keep adding flour as required.

6. Once you have an elastic and smooth dough, let it rest in a bowl that has been greased with oil. Cover this with plastic wrap and let it rest for 3 hours. It should double in size during this.

7. Cut the dough into 2 parts. Shape each half into a log.

8. Divide each log into eight 2.5-oz parts.

9. Roll each piece into a 3x5-inch rectangular sheet. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle sugar and breadcrumbs on top.

10. Roll the sheet as if you are rolling a jelly roll - start from one corner, roll towards the opposite corner.

11. Sprinkle more sugar and breadcrumbs on the rolled dough.

12. Place the pieces on a greased baking sheet with the seam-side facing down.

13. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

14. Let your rolls rest and rise for another half hour.

15. Finally, cook them in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  • You can freeze extra rolls for later. Just toss them in the microwave and reheat for half a minute before serving.
  • You can replace the butter and sugar with anything you want: fruit jam, jelly, chocolate, coconut jam, or even Nutella.
  • Make sure you use tepid water. If the water is too hot, the yeast is killed.

Senorita bread is an exquisite baked good that can be enjoyed whenever you want. Whether you are buying it from a bakery or making it from scratch, right at home, you will surely love devouring this light and fluffy goodness. Plus, you can customize the glaze as you like, making it a truly versatile dish. To best enjoy the dish, have some warm cocoa or hot coffee on the side - perfect for mornings and afternoon snacking!

We hope you enjoyed our version of this senorita bread recipe!

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