Pillow Soft: Ensaymada

29 Apr


What to do on a 4-day-super-bummer-off? Aside from getting sun kissed on an olympic pool I made this! Flour, shortening, baking powder, eggs and lots of butter – this is what makes up a pastry. I’m a repressed pastry chef (yeah I hear you holler “chef”!?!) there are lots of pastries that I wanna try. Then ensaymada came to my mind. Thinking it was absolutely appealing to anyone since it has that sweet and cheesy effect I immediately searched and found a recipe for this super soft ensaymada (originally spelled as Ensaïmada). It’s pretty much a slow cooker. Mixed all ingredients to make the dough. Added the eggs after couple of hours and let it rise overnight.


I got really scared while the dough was trying to rise in the fridge because I know I bought the wrong kind of yeast. I tried to adjust to the procedure of active dry to rapid rise. Crossing my fingers… After a full night of beauty sleep I was surprised to see my mixing bowl with a crazy ballooney dough in it! It was a success! Now all I have to worry is the rolling and baking stage. It is a no-knead dough so with the help of my ever rolling pin I rolled and rolled and brushed with lots of softened butter. Then I made the dulce de leche filling and stuffed it inside. Mmmmn I could almost taste the teaser-like sweetness. So for the final rising what I did was I kinda baked it in the oven. Pre-baked actually. I pre-heated the oven for about 1 min while the dough is inside. Then let it rose for 30 minutes and baked!

making the dulce de leche while dough is rising…

ready to roll out!



Over-all everyone enjoyed it except my dad who usually eats sugar with his meals :D. He said he can barely taste the sweetness. But for me it was fine. The dulce de leche came out during baking stage because the dough was not able to cover it entirely but the verdict —- helluva good!


 1 out of 5? ♥♥♥♥


34 Responses to “Pillow Soft: Ensaymada”

  1. bugmenot April 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    tested and tasted! sarap!

    • blueberrydew May 1, 2010 at 12:33 am #

      thanks! thanks! ready to take your orders now! 😀

  2. Cheese March 27, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    looks greally good. I have been experimenting to make soft ensaymadas. Please share your recipe so I can eat my favorite dessert. Thanks for sharing!

  3. zeny balonso August 28, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    hi, can u eail me the recipe for dulce de leche filling? thanks..:)

  4. zeny balonso August 28, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    hi, can you email the recipe for dulce de leche filling? thanks a lot 🙂

  5. zeny balonso August 28, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    what is dulce de leche flour? thanks 🙂

  6. rosane October 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi can you please email me the recipe for the ensaymada and the filling? this looks very delicious. thanks!

  7. Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    hello Lein…can you also email me a recipe…looks very yummy and delicious. its a mouth watering ensaymada…here is my email add jvcramirez@yahoo.com thank you so much

  8. Cecille Gutierrez December 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Lein! I looove ensaymada so much. Just by looking at the pictures makes me drool. haha Can I also ask for the recipe of the ensaymada and dulce de leche? sexille2@yahoo.com Thanks in advance 😀

  9. Anonymous January 24, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Hi..been looking for a good ensaymada recipe, yours look sooo goood!!! Can you plesae email me the recipe for this pillow soft ensaymada recipe..thanks!!! it’s gemgavilan@yahoo.com…looking forward to make this soon…thanks again!

  10. Katrina February 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi! I have stumbled upon your post!! Would you mind to share your recipe to me? I’ve been meaning to make soft ensaymadas since. Here’s the ead: siquian_katrina@yahoo.com thank you!!!!

  11. Susan February 11, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    Hi Lein, I’ve been searching for ensaymada recipe that’s look like yours. Can you please give me your recipe? Thank you

  12. Jean February 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Hi lein, my sister brought back ensaymada from Manila and my family has fallen for it but unfortunately it’s not available in my country. I’d like to try baking myself and your ensaymadas look soft and delicious, would you mind sharing your recipe….thank you…

  13. Anonymous August 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Looks really good. I’m looking for a good ensaymada recipe. Hope you can email me the recipe krislu@mac.com

  14. Evelyn Gascon Almerol February 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    this is a mouth watering cake,can you please give me the recipe of dulce de leche,tnk u very much.

  15. hazel October 18, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    hi lein! i also wanna try your ensaymada..pls share. calds021@yahoo.com thanks!

  16. Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Hello kindly email me the recipe! I want to try! Mukhang sobrang sarap nya.. Ive tried other recipes but inde sya ganun kasarap! But i think this one is really great! Thanks here is my email yveth_20@yahoo.com..

  17. Erika July 4, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    Please kindly email me your recipe. I do love ensaymada..

  18. Erika July 4, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    Kindly e-mail me your recipe at erikasheenadelacruz@gmail.com.. I do love ensaymada and dulce de leche. thanks.

  19. Victoria September 18, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Your ensymada looks enticing…I would like to try your recipe.

  20. Anonymous January 12, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    Hi! Your ensaymada looks delish. Would you be so kind to email me your re ipe at dyools@yahoo.com? Thanks in advance.

  21. Anonymous July 22, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    Have you revealed the recipe then? x

  22. Liza December 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    hello! can you please email me the recipe for the yummy looking pillow soft ensaymada including the dulce de leche? thanks a bunch!

  23. Cha February 25, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Hi, I came across this wonderful post. This is one of my favorite as well, may I request a copy of this recipe? My email add: nscha08@gmail.com. Thanks in advance and more power.

  24. chef em October 26, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    where’s the recipe.please. ? i would love to try this

  25. Lein October 29, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    hi chef em, I just emailed the recipe. Have fun!

  26. Anonymous March 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    hi, this looks yummy… i’ve been looking for a soft ensaymada recipe and this one looks soft,,, can you please share the recipe? 😉 i also love cookinv anx baking for my family,, thanks!

  27. Sarah April 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi lein! Hope you can email me the recipe also for the ensaimada and the dulce de leche 🙂
    Im drooling just seeing your pictures 🙂

    Thanks in advance!!!

  28. Anonymous October 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    hello Lein…can you also email me a recipe…looks very delicious…thnx…michreyes85@yahoo.com is my email add…thnx…

  29. marj January 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    hi ! could you please email me your ensaymada recipe. thank you so muuucccchhh….

  30. miasam17 September 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    would you be willing to share your recipe for ensaimada? This looks like my favorite Hizon’s in the Philippines. I’ve been going crazy searching the internet for a recipe that looks as good as this, hope you can help me =)

  31. miasam January 24, 2012 at 9:45 am #


    Would you be willing to share your recipe? Please email me at miasam17@yahoo.com


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