Kalihim is as pretty as it is tasty. Soft and delicious with a sweet, bright-red pudding filling, this bread, also known as Pan de Regla, makes a great breakfast or snack treat.
Hi everyone! It is Sanna once again with another delicious baked goodie for you. Kalihim bread is one of the popular items in Filipino bakeries and for good reason.
With perfectly soft buns encasing a vibrant filling made of day-old bread, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla, and red food coloring, it’s a stand-out in looks and taste!
What’s in a Name?
While the bread can be easily distinguished by its beet color, it’s not as easy to pin down its name. Depending on what region of the Philippines you ask, it’s known by various monikers from the innocent kabukiran, balintawak, pan de pula, lipstick, and floor wax to the racier pan de regla, ligaya, alembong, bukirat, and kalihim.
The name kalihim, which implies “a secret”, is said to be from the fact that bakers use the previous day’s unsold bread to make the filling. Another evocative epithet for the bread is Pan de Regla, owing to it resembling the cross-section of a used feminine pad.
But what’s in a name? Whatever it’s called across the country, Kalihim bread deserves its place as a panaderia favorite alongside pan de sal, pan de coco, and bicho-bicho.
Step 1: Pudding Filling
While you can use ube, pineapple, monggo, or pandan flavor, the most popular filling is the bright-red bread pudding.
Step 2: Bread Dough
Step 3: Assemble Bread
Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover the pan loosely with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let rise for about 30 to 40 minutes or until puffy.
Brush the tops of the dough with the egg wash ad bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden. Serve and enjoy!
How to Serve?
Pan de Regla is delicious for breakfast or midday snack. Perfect with coffee, tea, or your favorite beverage!
To maintain freshness, store in an airtight container or resealable bag. They’ll keep at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to one week.
I hope you give the recipe a try and stay tuned for more baked goodies such as inipit, pineapple pie, and hopiang baboy coming soon. Until next time!