WATCH: How to Make Monay

Now, you can make your own version of this popular panaderya bread.

Monay is also known as Pan de Monja and is a popular dense bread roll commonly found in most small bakeries in the Philippines. It has a distinct indentation on the middle of the bread, dividing the bread into halves. This easy recipe allows you to make your own monay at home! 

Monay Recipe

Makes 12 pieces 

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup powdered skim milk
  • 1 cup and 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 cup margarine
  • extra margarine and white sugar, for topping
  • 1 In a large clean bowl, add flour, yeast, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, powdered skim milk. Make sure the yeast and the salt are not touching each other. Make a well in the center.
  • 2 Gently pour in the water into the well.
  • 3 Mix with a spatula until combined and the dough is ragged.
  • 4 Once the dough forms a ragged mass, transfer to a lightly floured surface and then knead until the dough is smooth and glossy.
  • 5 Transfer to a lightly-oiled bowl and then cover with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • 6 Deflate the dough and then transfer to a lightly-floured surface.
  • 7 Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and then roll tightly into a ball. Place on a baking tray. Make an indentation on each ball with scissors. 
  • 8 Cover with a damp towel and let it rest (proof) for 1-1/2 hours.
  • 9 Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
  • 10 Once sufficiently proofed, bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 11 Brush tops with margarine and then sprinkle with white sugar.


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