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A traditional Filipino snack can easily be recreated in your home. When making this snack, keep in mind that you can never have it rise too long. The longer you rise the dough for, the ensaymada will be even fluffier.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
30 ensaymada


  • 1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 cup warm water, divided

  • 8 egg yolks

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup melted butter, divided

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or as needed

  • ¼ cup grated Cheddar cheese, or as needed


  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1/2 cup water.

  2. Combine remaining water, egg yolks, flour, 1 cup sugar, 2/3 cup melted butter, milk, and salt in a bowl. Stir in yeast mixture until a dough forms. Transfer to a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, elastic, and no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed.

  3. Place dough into a greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Divide dough into 1-ounce balls. Roll out each ball into a thin rectangle and brush with remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Roll dough lengthwise and shape. Place onto a baking sheet. Cover and let rise until light and dough is soft, about 30 minutes.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and easy to pick up off of the baking sheet, about 15 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and brush warm tops with melted butter, dust with sugar, and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
8g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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