Colombian Pandebonos are those sweets you must have when having a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. It's even acceptable to have seconds. You can find them in most bakeries or coffee shops, so if you can't find pandebonos in one cafe, you'll surely find them in the next.
Indeed, in Colombia, it's quite common to find a bakery or cafe on every corner. Each of these becomes renowned for how they prepare their breads or sweets. The sheer number of cafes is advantageous; you can sample various sweets and choose your favorite based on its preparation.
Today, I invite you to make these pandebonos at home. Follow this simple recipe and adjust it to your personal taste, whether you like them saltier or adjust other ingredients. I hope you enjoy making these pandebonos and that they turn out even better than mine in both shape and flavor.
How to Make Fluffier Pandebonos?
To make fluffier pandebonos, it's crucial to follow the recipe's instructions carefully. Ensure you mix the dry and wet ingredients well to achieve a smooth and even dough. Also, be careful not to add too much milk to the dough, as this can make the pandebonos dense. To get fluffier pandebonos, make sure you bake them in a preheated oven at the correct temperature and avoid overbaking, which can dry them out.
Tips for Grating Cheese
Grating cheese for pandebonos can be tricky because some cheeses can be quite hard. To make the process easier, ensure you use a sharp grater and that the cheese is chilled before grating. You can also try freezing the cheese for a few minutes, making it easier to grate.
How to Prevent Them from Sticking to the Pan?
To prevent sticking, it's essential to line the pan with parchment paper or grease it with butter before placing the dough balls. You can also try spraying the pan with non-stick cooking spray. If you're shaping the pandebonos as rings, ensure there's enough space between them to prevent sticking during baking.
What Other Colombian Dishes Can Be Served with Pandebonos?
Pandebonos are a delightful breakfast or snack option and can be paired with various Colombian dishes. Serve pandebonos with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or a fruit drink. You can also serve them with avocado and scrambled eggs for a complete and delicious breakfast.
We also recommend: yuca bread or coconut bread.
- 240 g of cassava starch (about 2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons of pre-cooked corn flour for arepas or wheat flour.
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 50 g of grated feta cheese (about ½ cup)
- 200 g of grated fresh cheese (about 2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons of softened butter
- 1 large egg
- Milk (as needed)
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
- Thoroughly mix cassava starch, corn flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. If you have a food processor, you can use it.
- Now, add the fresh cheese, feta cheese, butter, and egg; blend them well with the dry ingredient mixture. Gradually add milk until you achieve a soft dough.
- Shape medium-sized balls (about the size of a golf ball) and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or greased with butter. You can also roll the balls to create a small strip about ½-inch thick and join the ends to form a ring.
- Bake the pandebonos for about 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately with a delicious cup of coffee.