Ecuadorian Sweet Rolls Recipe

Sweet Rolls
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Prep: 3 hrs
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 30 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
85 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 2g
Calcium 29mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pan dulce is a sweet buttery bread that is popular throughout Latin America. In Ecuador, this soft, rich bread dough is often shaped into pillowy rolls. The rolls are sprinkled lightly with sugar, and they make a nice breakfast or snack - an everyday treat in Ecuador. This same dough can be used to make a fancier holiday bread (Pan de Pascua), by adding an assortment of candied fruits, dried fruits soaked in rum, and nuts, and shaping the dough into a tall round loaf, like panetón.


  • 6 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the warm (but not too hot) milk in the bowl of a standing mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and set the mixture aside for 5 minutes, until the yeast is bubbly. (Note: If you can find fresh cake yeast (more easily obtained in South America than in the US), use about 2 ounces of the cake yeast instead of the dry yeast - it adds authentic yeasty flavor to these rolls).

  2. Add the sugar, 2 cups of the flour, 2 eggs, the butter (cut into small pieces), and the salt. Use the dough hook attachment to knead the mixture until everything is well mixed. Add the remaining flour gradually, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead until the dough is soft, smooth, and stretchy, adding a bit more or a bit less flour, as needed.

  3. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  5. Divide the dough into about 30 pieces. Each piece should be around the size of a golf ball (about 2 ounces each). Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball. Place the balls of dough about 1 inch apart on a large buttered baking sheet (or 2 smaller baking sheets).

  6. Lightly beat an egg, then brush the tops of the rolls with the beaten egg.

  7. Let the rolls rise in a warm place until they have almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

  8. Bake rolls until they are medium golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes. Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven, then sprinkle them with the sugar.