( one of the ladies' northern lunch in Surin Beach)
(the Chickynet Dragonboat Rowing Team, we won first in our category)
I'm part of a recipe swap group where we swap recipes of course (no surprise there). The succeeding entries are my recipes for the 'chickies' (yes, that's how we call ourselves):
Pan de Sal according to Wikipedia is "a rounded bread usually eaten by Filipinos. It is a bread made of flour, eggs, lard, yeast, sugar, and salt.". But such a simple bread can inspire a Filipino National Artist to pen a prose that became a classic. NVM Gonzalez ' Bread of Salt' describes poetically and captures the the whole experience of having Pan de Sal..
"The bread of salt! How did it get that name? From where did its flavor come,
through what secret action of flour and yeast? At the risk of being jostled from the
counter by early buyers, I would push my way into the shop so that I might watch
the men who, stripped to the waist, worked their long flat wooden spades in and
out of the glowing maw of the oven. Why did the bread come nut-brown and the
size of my little fist? And why did it have a pair of lips convulsed into a painful
frown? In the half light of the street, and hurrying, the paper bag pressed to my
chest, I felt my curiosity a little gratified by the oven-fresh warmth of the bread I
was proudly bringing home for breakfast."
Although i had it for lunch with grilled chicken and fresh cherry tomatoes..the smell of butter melting on the warm bread brought me home.
PAN DE SAL
2 c milk
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 c butter (about half a stick of the small ones you see in the grocery)
1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 c all purpose flour ( or you can try half all purpose and half whole wheat)
2 tbsp dry crumbs
1. Heat butter. add milk and make sure it will not boil. Add sugar and mix until its melted. Remove from heat and cool.
2. When cooled, pour to a large mixing bowl. Add yeast, salt baking soda, baking powder and flour. Make sure each ingredient dissolves first before adding the next one. Knead dough for 8 mins
3.Lightly oil a mixing bowl,place dough and turn to coat everything on oil. Cover with damp clothe and let it rise till it doubles the volume.
4. Preheat oven 375 F (190 C)
5. Deflate dough and turned it into a flat floured surface. Divide to 12 equal pieces and form into rounds. Placed into lightly greased baking sheets cover with the damp clothe till it doubles its volume. (about 40 min)
6. Sprinkle bread crumbs and bake for 15 -20 min or till the top is golden.