Airfry Sakura Pandesal

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Pandesal is the most known and famous bread in the Philippines. It is a staple for Filipinos breakfast together with a hot piping coffee. It is usually soft and slightly bland which is a good choice of bread for any fillings.

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Regular Pandesal
My first try of making Pandesal in Airfryer.


Getting this freshly oven bread in my country is never been easy as most bakeshops sells pandesal in the early morning. So, everyone is very accustomed of buying it instead of making one.  The typical small round bread sprinkle bread crumbs is easy to make but it demands more time and energy. Hence, it is easy just to buy this bread.

But did you know that pandesal has only 6 ingredients and not that difficult to make? I did my first try and the texture was on the chewy side as I used bread flour instead of mixing it with an all purpose flour. Nonetheless, it is still taste like a pandesal.





Flavored Pandesal

I’m sure you heard about Ube Cheese Pandesal which become famous during the height of lockdown and pandemic in the Philippines. This hype is not good for nothing until I tried it myself. It taste so good that I ended up eating 6 big pieces in one sitting. Another one I tried was Matcha flavored pandesal which is also deserves a hype. I made one with a white chocolate and cream cheese filling and result was so lit.

Just in time when the Sakura blooms here in Japan, I was thinking about creating sakura flavored or just even a hint of it. That idea had turn to reality when I found a dried sakura powder on Amazon. I research on how it could best way to mixed it with pandesal. I settled on idea that a hint of sakura of a regular pandesal would do. The taste is still pandesal but the subtle hint of sakura on my palate was undeniable. This is more of seasonal bread for me since sakura powder are not available all year round in Japan. If ever you found sakura flower powder, give this recipe a go.


Pandesal with a hint of Sakura.


The recipe below is same as making regular pandesal but just add an extra step of mixing the sakura powder when creating a dough. Typical this is bake on a conventional oven but this could be done in an Airfryer too.

Airfry Sakura Pandesal

Pandesal is a famous go to bread paired with coffee as breakfast in the Philippines. I always crave about this bread especially being living overseas and can't buy on regular bakeshop. So< I bake myself and put a twist into it. Since Spring had just started, I incorporated powderized Sakura flowers into the pandesal mixture. The result was bread unmistakably from home but a hint of sakura.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Filipino


  • Airfryer


  • 1 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Bread flour
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Instant dry yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk (lukewarm)
  • 1 medium Egg (beaten)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Powder Sakura flower ( Optional)


  • [OPTIONAL] In a small bowl, mix powderized sakura flower with 3 tbsp milk. Mixed until powder is dissolve. Set aside
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and instant dry yeast in a big bowl.
  • Pour in beaten egg, milk and sakura mixture into the bowl. Mixed until it becomes sticky.
  • Using your hand, continue mixing and add the butter until it forms the dough.
  • Transfer the dough in a floured surface and knead until it becomes elastic for 7-10 minutes.
  • Knead and form the dough into a ball. Lightly coat with oil then place it back in a bowl covered with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Let it rise until the size doubles for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Give the dough a light punch and divide into 2 parts using dough slicer. Roll each into a log and cut it into 6 smaller pieces..
  • Shape smaller dough into a ball. You can also use a rolling pin to flatten and then form into a ball to make it more even.
  • Roll into the breadcrumbs and make sure to cover all sides.
  • Arrange the pieces on a flat surface with a little space in between. Let the dough rise for the second time until the size doubles for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat Airfryer 160 C 5 minutes. Airfry 160 C for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from airfryer and serve while warm.



Sakura powder is optional. You can just remove it from the recipe and this will become a regular pandesal recipe.
This pandesal bread is chewy yet soft due to equal ratio of flour. If you want it to be more soft used 3 cups of all purpose flour. 
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