Ensaymada Recipe


This has been long overdue and finally I’m posting a better version of my first ensaymada recipe. This recipe uses mostly egg yolks, butter and milk. Other ensaymada recipes use shortening, I don’t and I refuse to. After all, everything is better with BUTTER.

So what do I do with the egg whites? Easy, I make buttercream! 🙂

Since altering my first ensaymada recipe, I’ve always used this recipe and it hasn’t failed me. For the ensaymada make-up, the cheese I use is Gruyere, it’s one of my top fave cheeses. If you prefer edam, asiago, cheddar or queso de bola – go for that and be generous when you slather that butter and sugar.

Recipe is below. Happy baking!

Supersoft Ensaymada

Yield: 14 - 16


  • For the dough:
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 envelop instant yeast (Fleischman’s) / 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • Ensaymada make-up
  • 1 cup – 11/2 cup softened butter (you can also make creamed butter if you wish)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup regular granulated sugar
  • 1 or more cup grated Gruyere cheese


  1. Warm the milk with butter, brown sugar, the vanilla and salt. Best to set the stove on low – low medium, this way it does not scorch the milk. Once the butter has melted, remove from heat. Set aside.
  2. Place the half of the flour and the yeast in the bowl of the mixer. Using the paddle attachment beat at low speed and add the slightly warmed milk (shouldn't be hot, this will de-activate yeast) in a steady stream. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add egg yolks gradually, making sure that eggs are incorporated with every addition. As always you should be scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing. Beat until smooth
  4. Switch to a hook attachment and add the rest of flour. Once all the flour has been absorbed, you can switch your mixer to a higher speed. (You do NOT want to switch your mixer to high speed while adding the flour, that’ll be a big mess! ;))
  5. Continue mixing until the dough forms and is no longer sticky or until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (You’ll notice too that the sides of your bowl becomes “clean-ish”).
  6. Transfer the dough into lightly oiled bowl to proof. Cover it with a damp cloth and wait until it doubles in size. It takes about an hour to two hours.
  7. Once the dough has risen, knock it down.
  8. Divide the dough into small equal parts 2.5″ – 3.5″ diameter ball, depending on how big you want the ensaymada to be.
  9. With a rolling pin, flatten out dough to about 6-8” x 5” rectangle.
  10. Brush the surface with softened butter. Add grated cheese and sugar and then roll it up. Keep in mind to seal the ends.
  11. Now you’ve rolled it into a log, curl it into a coil. Place on slightly buttered muffin pan or brioche pans or baking pan.
  12. Let rest for about an hour or until it doubles in size (yet again).
  13. Bake at 325F for about 30 - 35 minutes.
  14. Once done, let ensaymada cool and finish with butter, sugar and cheese.
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  1. Hi! This looks soooo delicious! So is it really 10 yolks + 1 whole egg for this recipe? I was looking at your original recipe (post) and this is like more than double the amount of eggs, while the amounts of the other ingredients remain the same. I am really interested to try your recipe (super ensaymada lover here), but I also want to make sure I don’t waste eggs. 🙂 Hope you can confirm/clarify. Thanks so much! 🙂

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