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How to Make Ensaimadas - Mallorcan Spiral Pastry


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Step 1 - Start Ensaimada Dough & Allow to Rise
Ensaimadas Mallorquinas - Mallorcan Spiral Pastry

Start Ensaimada Dough & Allow to Rise

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Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Rising Time: 6 hours - to Overnight

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 18 Ensaimadas


  • 25 oz (750 gr) white bread flour
  • 3 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 10 fluid oz (300 ml) milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 oz (180 gr) granulated sugar
  • 7 oz (200 gr) vegetable shortening
  • powdered sugar for decoration


Mix the yeast with lukewarm milk in a glass measuring cup until dissolved. Place half of the flour into a large mixing bowl. Gradually pour in the milk-yeast mixture while stirring. Mix until the ingredients form a dough.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour. The photo above shows the process of mixing and rising.

While the dough is rising, remove the eggs from the refrigerator to warm to room temperature.

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