Our family friend recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and her pregnancy was easy for the most part. However, it’s common knowledge that expectant women are very picky when it comes to the food that they eat and my friend was no exception. One of the things she asked me to make was Ube (purple yam blend) Pandesal to help with the terrible cravings. Her palate, sense of taste, and smell was very sensitive. I wanted to give her something that was sweet and flavorful without the possibility of causing her distaste.
When I made the ube pandesal, I decided to use Apollonia in the dough to see if its chocolate flavor would enhance the nutty-vanilla flavor of the Ube. The result of my experiments? The blend not only created a unique flavor, the violet color of the ube turned pale pink in the bread. It was the first time that my friend was introduced to the blend and she loved it. It makes for a delicious sweet bread that you can eat at any time: whether as breakfast in the morning, or as a snack later in the day. Alors, here is the recipe my friend lovingly dubbed the “Pink pandesal”.