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monay bread in a paper-lined basket
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Monay, also known as Pan de Monja, is a classic Filipino bread with a slightly sweet taste and dense texture. Delicious for breakfast or as a midday snack with jam or butter!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting1 hr 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 249kcal


  • 1/4 cup water (105-115 F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Egg wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  •  In a large bowl, add the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast and about one teaspoon of the sugar. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes or until thick and foamy. 
  • Add the egg, butter, warm milk, dry milk powder, the remaining sugar, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir until blended.
  • Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms.
  • Turn the dough over on a flat working surface and knead for about 10 to 15 minutes or until smooth and elastic, lightly dusting hands with flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape the dough into a ball and gently turn it over and gently swipe on the inside of the bowl to oil the top. Then flip and place in the bowl, oiled side up.
  • Cover with a  clean towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour or until double in size.
  • Gently deflate the dough by punching down. Turn over on the working surface and gather into a ball. Cut the dough into halves and cut each half into 6 portions.
  • Using the palm of your hands, roll each dough into a smooth ball.
  • Arrange the balls in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space in between.
  • Using a sharp knife or scissors, make a deep cut in each ball halfway, but not all the way through.
  • Loosely cover with a clean towel and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a small bowl, make the egg wash by combining 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk. Whisk until well-blended.
  • Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.



Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg