Spanish Bread Recipe (aka Señorita Bread)

Sweet bread with butter and brown sugar filling

Watch How To Make It:

Spanish bread is a light, fluffy sweet bread hiding a butter and brown sugar filling. So simple, yet so delicious!

Although it's called "Spanish Bread" or "Señorita Bread", there's nothing Spanish about this bread. It’s completely, 100% Filipino!

I highly recommend using a stand mixer for this recipe. However, you can always knead the dough using your hands if you don't have one!

Going through the filling, rolling, and waiting process is sooo worth it to have these Spanish breads freshly baked in your home 😊


Dough Ingredients:
• 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour (560 g)
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• ⅓ cup sugar (70 g)
• 2 tsp instant yeast
• 1 ¼ cup milk (310 g)
• 2 eggs
• ⅓ cup melted butter (75 g)

Filling Ingredients:
• ⅓ cup melted butter (75 g)
• ⅔ cup brown sugar (135 g)
• ⅓ cup warm milk (80 g)
• ¼ cup flour (32 g)
• ½ cup bread crumbs (63 g)


1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Then, pour in the milk (you may need more or less, depending on wet your dough becomes). Mix it together to incorporate as much of the milk as you can into the dry mixture.

2. Crack 2 eggs and add them into the dough mixture. If you notice that your dough is still a bit dry, add a splash of milk. Fluffier bread = stickier dough

3. Pour in the melted butter, and knead until the dough passes the windowpane test (check the video to know when your dough is finished kneading - it should stretch a bit before tearing) If you have a KitchenAid, set your mixer to speed 4 for about 5-8 minutes.

4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rise until doubled in size. (This may take an hour or longer).

5. To start making the filling, take a small mixing bowl and mix together the melted butter and the brown sugar. Next, pour in the milk and mix well. Then add flour and bread crumbs, and mix well. Set aside.

6. Once the dough has doubled in size, it’s ready to punch down. Lightly flour your work surface, and then take your dough and press out as much air as you can.

7. Divide the dough into 24-32 even pieces, then take each piece of dough and flatten it into disks.

8. Using a spoon, take a scoop of the filling and spread it across the dough. Make sure you leave some space at one end of the dough without filling so the dough is easier to pinch closed. Roll the dough, almost like a cinnamon bun or a wafer, and pinch the dough closed.

9. Coat the rolled dough pieces in breadcrumbs, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Allow these to rise for about 45 min-1 hour, or until it passes the poke test (check the video to find out what the poke test is!)

10. Bake the dough in a preheated 350ºF oven in the middle rack for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Enjoy with a glass of hot coffee!

Special Notes:

You can also fill these breads with nut butter, chocolate spread, sweet cream cheese, and more!


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