40 minutes
to prep

1 hour 30 minutes
to cook

12 rolls


  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2½ cups warm water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 7-8 cups all purpose flour
  • Bread crumbs (Optional)

Recipe by: Lola Esther Rizarri
Photos by: Andy Real & Sierra Barsten

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Mix yeast, sugar, and 1 cup warm water and let rise for 10 minutes.

Step 3
  1. In a separate bowl, add remaining warm water, vegetable oil, sugar, and salt. Mix until sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Gradually add in flour using a whisk. Add 2 cups of flour to start. Mix until lumps disappear. Continue adding flour one cup at a time, using a wooden spoon.
Step 4
  1. Knead dough for about 10-14 minutes. If sticky, continue to add more flour. Let rise for about an hour and a half. 
  2. Once risen, punch down the dough. Cut into small pieces and form into Pandesal size (about 4” wide) or the size you prefer. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. 
Step 5

Arrange onto the baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. 

Step 6

Allow Pandesal to rest for 5 minutes before serving.