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a bowl filled with pan de leche - a sweet bread made with milk

Pan de Leche Recipe

Pan de leche-warm, sweet bread rolls made with milk and butter
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 126kcal
Author Peter G


  • 100 ml milk
  • 7 g dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 50 grams butter softened
  • cup sugar caster or superfine
  • 1 egg
  • 200 grams flour plain or all-purpose
  • 2 tablespoons milk extra for brushing


  • Gently warm the milk on the stovetop or microwave. Do not boil! Add the yeast to the milk and give it a good stir ensuring everything is dissolved. Cover with a towel and set aside, whilst the yeast does its magic.
  • Using a hand mixer or mix master (Kitchen Aid) cream the butter and sugar until it’s nice and creamy and add the egg ensuring it’s incorporated well.
  • Add the milk/yeast mixture and again ensure it mixes well with the other ingredients. (at this point you may want to switch to a dough hook-if you don’t have one a baking spatula or wooden spoon will work fine)
  • Start by adding the flour half a cup at a time until the dough forms a smooth ball. If necessary add a tablespoon of flour until you achieve the right consistency. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and let it rise for half an hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, lay it on a bench and knead it for one minute. (you may want to use some oil on your hands as the dough might be a little sticky to handle)
  • Form into little balls and place side by side in a well oiled baking tray. Allow the pan de leche to rise for approximately 15 mins.
  • Brush with a little milk and place in a preheated 200 deg C oven and cook them until they are browned (about 10 mins-depending on your oven this may take a little longer)


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g