Pan será are delicious Antillean sandwiches. On Aruba, Bonaire en Curaçao these flat, white bread rolls are very popular. You can recognize the sandwiches by the holes that have been pierced with a fork.
At every 'Truk'i Pan' (our version of a food truck!) you can buy these sandwiches, filled with the tastiest things: Braised (threads) meat, slices of sausage, eggs – but let's be honest… with a slice of cheese they can't be resisted either!
You don't have to have any special skills to make these sandwiches. However, it is important (to get the real look of the Pan Será) that some holes are pierced in the dough with the fork here and there when it has finished proving.
With this recipe you make about 10 pieces of pan será.
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- 500 gr wheat flour
- 1 bag / 8 grams of yeast (instant)
OR 25 grams of fresh yeast (cube)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 50 gr butter or margarine
- 250 ml (warm) water
- 1 / 2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of milk
Preparation of Antillean pan será
Put the flour, the yeast, the sugar and the salt in a bowl and stir these ingredients well together. Then make a hole in the middle.
Melt the butter or margarine and put it in the well just made. Don't mix yet!
Then add half of the water and start kneading the mixture. Add the rest of the water little by little, until a firm (but not sticky) dough forms.
Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Optionally, a little more flour or water can be added to get the right firmness.
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap. Let the dough for the pan será rest for half an hour. Then divide the dough into 10 pieces.
Form each piece into a ball and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Then roll the balls with a rolling pin into circles about 2 cm thick.
Then place the dough circles on a (floured) baking tray and place the baking tray in a cold oven. Let the pan será rise for 1 hour. Make sure there is enough space between the balls, because they will double in size while rising!
Now preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper. Prick the dough balls lightly with a fork several times and brush with some milk.
Finally, bake the pan será for about 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Top them with a slice of cheese, or with another topping of your choice… enjoy your meal!
Recipe from our cookbook
The recipe for the real Antillean pan será is of course also published in our cookbook, 'The complete Antillean kitchen'. In this cookbook you will find no fewer than 300 recipes from the traditional, Antillean kitchen and this delicious dish should of course not be missing!
In addition to these (and other!) Classic sandwiches, you will find in the book other traditional dishes such as authentic stews (stobá), soups and of course fried fish with sauce. In addition, the book is full of delicious snacks, cakes, biscuits and drinks.
Do you love Antillean sandwiches? Then try our delicious Johnny Cakes! These are flat, round buns that have about the same shape as the pan será, but they are deep fried. They are also not made with yeast, but with baking powder. So you can make them quickly if you feel like it!
Do you have our new website SOULFOOD.NL seen already? There you will find many more delicious recipes that not all come from the Antillean kitchen!
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