Whole Wheat Pandesal

Pandesal is a Philippine bread typically made of four basic ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water. Hence, the name pan de sal or bread with salt. It’s baked like dinner rolls only topped with bread crumbs. 

A bit healthier than white flour, here’s a whole wheat version.

  • 1 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour. This makes the whole wheat flour dough soft. 
  • 1/4 cup non-fat powdered milk
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup or 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast or 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • Bread crumbs for dusting


  • If using a bread maker to make the dough, load all the ingredients in the order listed. Set to Whole Wheat Dough setting.   
  • If kneading using a stand mixer, mix using dough hook at low speed for 5 – 7 minutes until it forms a soft ball. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and let rise for 2 hours.
  • When complete, cut the dough in 16 pieces and arrange in a baking pan. Using store bought bread crumbs, sprinkle generously on top of the shaped rolls. Let rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. 
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Bake in the middle rack for 15 minutes.  If using white whole wheat flour, the color of the baked bread is golden. 

This is really good right out of the oven with butter or cheese. 



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