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Adapted from Saveur


Originally from the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where they were likely invented by Sephardic Jews as a sweet bread for the Sabbath, these fluffy buns made their way to Puerto Rico in the early 20th century, and are now a staple at bakeries in San Juan. Wonderfully soft, fluffy, and delicious, they make for a lovely sweet breakfast



  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1/4 cup whole milk, warm

  • 1/4 cup warm water, warm

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus an additional 2 tbsp for brushing on the dough

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour*

  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting

*For this bake, I used a 50/50 combination of Anson Mills French Mediterranean bread flour and pastry flour. I’ve also seen a few recipes that call for bread flour instead of AP, so I think that would work too.

Step 1: Activate the yeast

In a small bowl, combine whole milk, water, and a teaspoon or so of sugar and whisk together. Add active dry yeast and set aside for about 5 minutes until bubbly. The milk and water should not be too hot, just lukewarm will do. 

Step 2: Make dough

Whisk together remaining sugar, egg yolks, and 4 tablespoons of melted butter until well combined. Add the yeast mixture, and then mix in the dry ingredients (flour and salt).


Using a stand mixer or by hand on a lightly-floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic, for about 8 minutes.

Place the dough in a large bowl greased with butter.  Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the dough has doubled in size.


Step 3: Roll and shape

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a rectangle. Mine was about 15” x 10”, but the original recipe suggested 18" x 8".

Slice into 6 pieces lengthwise.  Brush each piece with melted butter and roll up into a cylinder. You can roll it pretty loosely, as the dough will expand. 


Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  Leave at least 2 inches between each coil. Cover and proof for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Step 4: Bake and dust

Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Let cool, then sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

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“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” James Beard

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