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Ensaymada is a popular Filipino sweet bread that is often topped with butter, sugar, and cheese. While it is delicious and indulgent, it is important to note that ensaymada is not typically considered a health food. However, it does provide some nutritional benefits. Here are some of the potential health and nutritional benefits of ensaymada bread:


1. Carbohydrates: Ensaymada is primarily made from flour, which provides a good source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy and can fuel physical activity.


2. Protein: Ensaymada may contain eggs and milk, which provide protein. Protein is essential for muscle growth and repair, as well as various other bodily functions.


3. Vitamins and minerals: Depending on the recipe, ensaymada may contain ingredients such as eggs and milk, which are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. These can include vitamins A, D, E, and B vitamins, as well as calcium and phosphorus.


4. Source of calories: While ensaymada is not considered a low-calorie food, it can provide a significant number of calories, which can be beneficial for individuals who require a higher caloric intake, such as athletes or those with high energy needs.


5. Enjoyment and cultural significance: While not directly related to health and nutrition, the enjoyment of food and cultural significance can have positive effects on overall well-being. Sharing ensaymada with family and friends can bring joy and foster social connections.


It’s important to keep in mind that ensaymada is typically high in sugar, saturated fats, and calories. Therefore, moderation is key when incorporating it into a balanced diet. If you’re looking for healthier options, you can consider modifying the recipe by using whole wheat flour, reducing the sugar content, or exploring alternative ingredients for a healthier twist.








For the Dough:


3¼ cups all purpose flour, sifted

+ extra flour for dusting

7g (1 pack) instant yeast

4 tbsp granulated sugar

½ tsp salt

2 eggs beaten

¼ cup fresh warm milk

⅓ cup warm water (60°c)

3 tbsp melted butter or margarine

softened Butter or margarine for filling




In a mixing bowl, add water, yeast and a teaspoon of sugar.


Stir until combined.


Set aside in a warm place for at least 5-10 minutes or until foamy and bubbly.


In separate bowl, combine the sifted flour, remaining sugar and salt.


Mix until well incorporated.


Add the wet ingredients starting by beaten eggs, milk, melted butter and yeast mixture.


Mix until dough forms.


(Add more flour if the dough is too wet.)


Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes until becomes smooth and elastic ball forms.


Transfer the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.


Put in a warm place and let the dough rise for at least 1 hour or until doubles its size.


After an hour, punch the dough in the middle to let the air scape.


Place the dough on a floured surface and divide into four equal parts.


Form each piece into log shape (like an embutido).


Divide into 4 individual pieces about 60 grams each.


Using a rolling pin, roll out each pieces thinly into a rectangular shape about 7-8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide.


Brush soft butter onto the center part.


Roll out and seal by pinching all the edges.


Form into a long, log shape about 12-14 inches long.


Shape into twirl or spiral.


Place them into a grease ensaymada molder, or into baking Pan.


Let them rest in warm place for at least 30 minutes.


After 30 minutes, bake them in a preheated oven at 170°c for at least 20 minutes or until golden brown.


Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


Glaze with sugar.


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