Pandan Pandesal with Ube Halaya Filling

Pandan Pandesal are another flavor twist on our classic Filipino roll! Brightly colored and filled to the brim with creamy ube halaya, they’re as delicious as they are pretty!

Pandan Pandesal with Ube Halaya Filling

Hi everyone! I’m Sanna, and as promised, I am back with another unique pandesal version.

Everyone loved the ube cheese and red velvet varieties and I am thrilled to incorporate not one but two popular tropical flavors to our classic Filipino bread! This new recipe combines the earthy taste and vibrant green color of pandan flavoring with a creamy purple yam filling for the ultimate pandesal experience!


The dough is based on this tried and tested pandesal recipe, and I used Mc Cormick liquid pandan flavoring to give the bread color, flavor, and aroma. Feel free to adjust the amount of pandan extract to achieve desired color.

The soft and fluffy rolls are winners by themselves, but I thought I’ll take them up another notch by filling them with ube halaya. You can use bottled purple yam jam, which is available at most Asian supermarkets, or if you’re feeling extra diligent, you can make try Lalaine’s recipe and make it from scratch!

Step by step instructions


Step 1: make and knead the dough

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the warm water, yeast, and about 1 to 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Proofing the yeast is to ensure it’s alive and active. Check that the water is at 105 – 115 F temperature as too hot liquids will kill the yeast.
  • Let the mixture stand for about 5 minutes, or until thick and foamy.
  • Add the warm milk, the remaining sugar, the eggs, softened butter, salt, and the pandan flavoring. Stir everything well.
  • Add 2 ¼ cups of flour to the bowl. With the dough hook attached, run the mixer starting at low speed. Beat until the flour is moistened.

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