Jul 25, 2010
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Cheesy Ensaymada

Everyone's favorite bun is made extra delicious thanks to cheese mixed into the batter. This time-friendly recipe can be cut into two parts—make the dough in the evening then leave to proof (covered in plastic) in the refrigerator. Bake it the following morning.

Makes 17 pieces 
Prep Time
4 to 5 hours,
      including rising and proofing 
Baking Time
30 minutes 


3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated processed cheese
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon powdered full-cream milk
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter
1/2 cup softened butter

For the topping
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
grated quezo de bola


In a bowl, mix water and honey.

Place salt in flour and pour into a mixing bowl. Add grated processed cheese and mix using your hands to separate the particles.

Add the water-honey mixture and the rest of the ingredients (except softened butter).

4  In an electric mixer with a dough hook, knead for 5 minutes at low speed.

5  Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise (in a warm, airless room or inside a cabinet or unused oven) until it doubles in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down dough and scale at 60-gram portions. (See step-by-step here: How to Proof Dough)

7  Roll out each one with a rolling pin and brush with softened butter. Taking one corner, roll the dough obliquely into a cylinder and twirl, tucking the end at the bottom of the dough. Arrange on greased baking trays.

8  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise to almost 3 times its size (about 1 1/2 hours in a proofer; 3 to 4 hours in a warm, airless room; or about 8 hours in the refrigerator).

9  Bake in a preheated 350ºF-oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks. Cool completely.

10  Make the topping: Beat unsalted butter with sugar until light. Butter buns and top with grated quezo de bola.

    •    Replace half or all of the grated cheese in the dough with bits of ham or bacon for a more filling ensaymada. 

    •   In place of butter, brush the dough with coco jam, chocolate-hazelnut spread, or dulce de leche before rolling.

    •   Make cheese rolls! Roll the dough out into a rectangle and place a slice of cheese in the center. Wrap the cheese, folding the sides inward first before rolling. Proof and bake seam side down.

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Photography by David Hanson | Food Styling by Elaine P. Lim | Food Preparation by Patty Loanzon of Heny Sison Culinary School


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  • Nenita Pineda 8 months ago Report Abuse
    Thank you for sharing, I'll complete all my ingredients and , try to make this, it sound yummy..
  • Evangeline Garcia Aug 24 2012 @ 08:45pm Report Abuse
    i am new here, i love to cook and i want to learn more...
  • jaz Jun 24 2012 @ 03:38pm View all replies1 Report Abuse
    mine did not turn well, its not soft and fluffy... wonderin what i did wrong?
  • Guest Mar 13 2012 @ 02:09pm View all replies1 Report Abuse
    I have active dry yeast. Will there be a change/additional steps in the process or on the amount needed?
  • pamela Oct 30 2010 @ 05:48pm Report Abuse
    hi. when will you add the yeast? not stated in ny our procedure
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