So now you know the Pandesal Effect on Filipinos… 😀
Bread is surely a Spanish heritage. Wheat does not grow in the Philippines. The Spaniards brought in wheat flour as well as the techniques of bread-making. Wheat was also important to the Spanish settlers who arrived in the Philippine during 16th century not just because they preferred bread to rice as a staple but most importantly due to their religious zeal. The Christian host (hostia) can only be made from the purest, finest wheat flour. Wheat flour was necessary if the Spaniards truly intended to convert and not just conquer.
When the Filipinos began baking their own bread, they came up with the crumbs-sprinkled pan de sal, a pinch of salt that originally gave this simple Filipino bread its distinctive flavor and thus its name.
According to Felice Prudente-Sta. Maria, there were two kinds of pan de sal that once reigned in the…
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