I can get a little fixated on an idea. I will think about it over and over again until I can’t take it anymore. This week I got fixated on mallorca, a soft eggy bread from Puerto Rico. At 5:30 am Friday morning my eyes were wide open, and my head was filled with thoughts of soft sweet eggy bread. By 6:00 am before the sun had risen, I was in the car on my way to the store for yeast and eggs.
If you’ve had mallorca bread before you may understand my sudden and overwhelming obsession. This bread is sweet, soft and supple. Not to mention all the memories I have tied in with this bread. We lived in Puerto Rico when I was in high school and on many Saturday mornings my mother would take my sister and me to La Bombonera for breakfast. La Bombonera was famous for their delicious plump, buttery rolls of mallorca bread, dusted with powdered sugar. The rolls would sit in the window beckoning you to come in.
Pan de Mallorca (mallorca bread) originates from Ensaïmades bread from the Spanish island of Majorca, which is why we call it mallorca. But like much of Puerto Rican cuisine we adopted it and made it part of our culture. Mallorca bread can be found in most local Puerto Rican reposteria (bakery). Every time I go home I do my best to get my hands on a warm buttery mallorca. But, for the times I can’t make it to PR, I can make them at home and so can you.
I had made and posted mallorca before, but the original recipe could be a little difficult and needed some tweaking. It is important to have unbleached bread flour. I have used bleached AP flour and unbleached AP flour, but unbleached bread flour works best and makes the softest bread. Also, make sure you give yourself time to make this bread, it is almost an all day process.
Mallorca bread is perfect to have sliced and buttered with a cup of coffee in the morning. By the following day, the powder sugar melts into the bread, and it is perfect for making a savory grilled sandwich with ham and cheese. I like to slice the roll and toast it in a skillet with coconut butter it cut side down. Then I make the ham and cheese sandwich and toast both sides in a skillet. It is divine! I kid you not it almost taste like french toast.
Now if you will excuse me, I have a soft roll and a cup of coffee to tend to.
More Sweet Bread Love:
- Paska Bread (Ukrainian or Polish Easter Bread)
- Cranberry Orange Walnut Sweet Bread
- Sweet Irish Soda Bread
- Hawaiian Sweet Bread
Items Used in this Recipe:
- Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
- KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt Mixer
- Baker’s Secret Non-Stick Cooking Racks
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- 1 pkg dry yeast (1/4 oz)
- ½ cup milk, lukewarm
- 1½ cup water, lukewarm
- 8 egg yolks
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 sticks butter (1/2 lb.) + 1 stick for brushing, melted and cooled to lukewarm
- 6½ cups bread flour, plus more for flouring work surface
- 1 teaspoon salt
- powder sugar
- In the bowl of a stand mixer combine, eggs, sugar, and melted butter, whisk until well combined. In another large bowl pour in milk and water, sprinkle in yeast and let sit for a minute. Add yeast mixture to egg mixture and whisk until well combined. In a large bowl whisk together salt and flour. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture one cup at a time, using a dough hook attachment. Mix until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead until tacky. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a kitchen cloth and let rise on the counter for 2 hours or until it doubles in size. The dough can also be refrigerated and rise overnight.
- Line two light aluminum sheet pans with parchment paper. (Do not use dark sheet pans because they will over brown the bottom of the rolls.) Generously flour a clean work surface, turn dough out on work surface, sprinkle with flour. Tear the dough into 12 even pieces. Roll the the dough pieces into ½-inch ropes. Shape the ropes into coiled buns, tucking the end under the bun.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 6 rolls per sheet pan, loosely cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise another 45 minutes. Using a pastry brush gently brush rolls with melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are just beginning to brown.
- Allow buns to cool, sift generously with powdered sugar. Enjoy with coffee!
If your dough fights you when rolling into coils give it a few minutes to rest before over working the dough.
Use day old rolls for ham and cheese grilled sandwiches.
*Original post Mallorca 2009