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Yema Bread Rolls

Tasty bread rolls suitable for any breakfast table.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 15 pieces


  • 1 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup Milk heated to a temperature of 105 to 110 F
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and kept warm
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 piece eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Proof the Yeast and Make the Dough

  • In a small bowl, combine yeast, powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the warm milk. Stir well and let stand for about 15-20 minutes until foamy and thick.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs and measure out 5 tablespoons. Reserve the remaining beaten eggs to make the yema.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar and the 5 tablespoons of eggs. Stir until sugar is incorporated.
  • Add the remaining warm milk, the yeast, and 1/4 cup of the flour. Stir mixture until smooth and let stand briefly for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine the remaining flour and salt and add to the bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon for 7 minutes or until it has gathered into a smooth and shiny dough. This dough will be very sticky. Do not add any flour.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the warm, melted butter and using your hands, mix the butter into the dough. Mix for about 5 minutes, incorporating the butter into the dough until it is soft, smooth and very shiny.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and let rise for 1 and 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
  • Knead the dough briefly just to deflate. Place it back in the bowl and chill in the fridge for one hour.

Make the Yema filling:

  • In a saucepan over medium, combine potato and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until very tender.
  • See further instructions: Kawaling Pinoy


Thanks to our friends at Kawaling Pinoy for sharing this amazing recipe.
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How to cook Yema Bread Rolls the Filipino way
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