I came across this recipe http://pinoyamericanrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/10/pandesal-philippine-dinner-rolls.html and tried it a few weeks ago. It is a bread machine recipe so I adapted it for my Kitchenaid. I also tweaked it a little to get a flavor closer to Valerio's. The flavor of the original recipe was good but it wasn't as sweet as I remembered. I'm just used to what I grew up on. The tweaked recipe is nearly identical in taste to Valerio's. The recipe is actually really easy compared to a lot of other bread recipes. It doesn't require a pre-ferment, a ferment, a starter, a second rise, or even a first rise. You simply mix the dough, let it rest a few minutes, shape, let rise, bake and enjoy. The results are amazing.
1/2 stick butter, cut into small pieces
2 1/2 cups whole milk (I don't usually have whole milk in the house. I used 2 cups skim and 1/2 cup of half and half)
1 extra large egg
1/2 cup baker's sugar
5 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour (the original recipe calls for 5 cups of flour but after some feedback, I'm listing a range)
1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons dough enhancer
1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Plain bread crumbs
1. In a large measuring cup, combine butter and 1 cup milk and microwave about 1 minute. Make sure butter is all melted. Add the rest of the milk and egg. Beat everything together. Check the temp of the liquid. Make sure it is under 100 degrees.
2. In the bowl of stand mixer, combine the rest of the ingredients (start with about 4 1/2 cups of flour) and mix together. Add milk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. You may need to ditch the wooden spoon and continue mixing with your hand.
3. Using the dough hook, knead for about 8 minutes. I usually have to knead for about 4 minutes. Let the mixer cool a few minutes and then finish kneading. While kneading, add the reserved half cup of flour a tablepoon at a time until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. You want a dough that is wet enough but not too wet.
4. Rest the dough about 15 minutes.
5. Divide the dough into two pieces and flatten into a rectangle about a half in thick and 18 to 24 inches wide. Roll the dough like making cinnamon rolls, starting from the edge closer to you. You want to roll it very tight. Seal the seams and ends, using your thumb and index finger. I like to squeeze the dough towards the middle and stretch it back out to get a more uniform roll. Cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces.
6. To shape: Take a piece of of dough, flatten between the palms of yours hands. You want to flatten the cut ends. How do I describe it? The two cut sides should touch each palm. You want a flat retangle. Roll each piece in plain bread crumbs and place on a silicone lined baking sheet about an inch apart. It is okay if they touch.
7. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft free place about an hour.
8. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven about 20 minutes or until slightly golden.
I make this recipe often. Below are pictures from a batch I made on February 20, 2010.