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Señorita/Star Bread

I'm hoping someone can help me. There's a filipino bakery in my parents' neighborhood (Vallejo California if you're curious) that sells these amazingly-good sweet rolls called Senorita or Star Bread. They're very addictive and people get them by the dozen. They have lots of butter and the sugar caramelizes on the bottom of the roll where it touches the pan and are about the size of a mini-croissant.

I don't know if this is a traditional Filipino bread or not. I've looked online and haven't had any luck finding recipes. Do any of you by chance know what what these rolls are? I live in Utah and would love to make them when I can`t get the real thing in California!


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Aug. 22nd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what the bread is you are describing but I sure wish I had about a dozon to go with my cap. right about now,,,they sound yummy!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I found this from an article on filipino breads:

Putok literally means “explosion”. These small round bread buns is thick and chewy. It is characterized by the crack on top-center of the bun where the steam popped out of the dough, hence the name. The crack on the bread is then sprinkled with sugar or glazed. A variant of the putok is the Star Bread, where the top-center of the dough is cut so that when it is baked, it will expand and form the star shape. [...]"

Does that sound about right? It may help with recipe searches, at least!

Edit: 1 recipe is here.

Digging deeper... according to this, the main difference between monay and putok is that with putok, you slice a star into the top of the dough and sprinkle sugar into it. So, searching for pan de monay may get you better results?

Side note, this recipe for pan de sal isn't what you're looking for, but it came up in the course of searching and it looks so tasty I may try these soon!

Edit 2: Gee, it would be lovely if I credited my sources.

Edited at 2008-08-22 03:52 pm (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Pan de sal is absolutely delicious.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm excited! From the picture there, they look like the sort of thing I'd eat by the handful and then remember that I was supposed to have something else for dinner as well! ;-)
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
It's very easy to make a meal out of it. *has done that several times*
Aug. 22nd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Pan de sal is heaven when warm! Crack open a roll, add a smear of unsalted butter, and maybe even a slice of sharp cheddar and you've got one of the tastiest snacks on the planet in your hands.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Try this.

Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's it! Thank you!!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Not sure how well it will work -- my one attempt at making bread was a DISASTER.

But yeah -- it's also known as "Spanish Bread," so if you've a local Filipino bakery, try asking for it by that name.

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