Homemade pandebonos / naturally gluten free cheese bread buns (made with Ingredion flour blend)

Pandebono / Colombian Gluten Free Cheese Bread

I found a really fun flour blend made specifically for pandebono in a cornershop near me a.k.a. Colombian gluten free cheese bread. If you’ve never tried or heard of these, it’s an absolute must in my opinion! Such a good naturally gluten free gem. They’re incredibly soft (unlike a lot of gluten free bread), a little chewy and taste fantastic!

I posted → my first attempt ← on Instagram the other day and hesitated to share the recipe at the time as they came out really flat. But as promised, I whipped up a second batch this morning and here is the final result! The issue was easily fixed just by freezing the dough balls for a 15-20 minutes before baking. 👍

Homemade Pandebonos / gluten free cheese bread, being pulled apart showing the soft cheesy chewy texture inside

And if for any reason yours turn out flat, they make the perfect little burger buns!  

Roast chicken burger made with flat pandebono / Colombian gluten free cheese bread buns
Pandebono burger filled with leftover roast chicken, mustard and MORE cheese. 💛

P.S.: it’s basically a blend of cassava/tapioca starch, cornflour and pre-cooked cornmeal with some added sugar and salt so you could also make it from scratch if you can’t find it where you live.

I bought mine in a little shop in North London (Holloway) called Seven Sisters Green Grocers so if you live locally, go check it out. Otherwise have a look online, it’s often the best way with these elusive exotic gluten free flours (and I promise it’s worth the buy). 😅

Ingredion Colmaiz pandebono flour blend - Certified gluten free

Pandebono / Gluten Free Cheese Bread Buns Recipe:

Pandebono / Naturally Gluten Free Colombian Cheese Bread Buns
 
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How to make delicious Colombian gluten free cheese bread, also known as Pandebono or Pan de Bono.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Colombian
Serves: 12 pandebonos
Ingredients
  • 175g / 1 + ½ cups Pandebono flour blend (I used Ingredion which is certified gluten free)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 65g / ½ cup feta cheese
  • 210g / 2 cups fresh shredded mozzarella (I used this type , specially made for pizza)
  • 45g / 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large egg (50g)
  • Milk (just a bit, only if the dough is too dry)
Notes
FREEZING TIME (optional): 15-20 minutes

BAKING TEMPERATURE: 220C (428F)

BAKING TIME: 20 to 22 minutes

* If you don't have access to a pandebono flour blend where you live, you can also use a mixture of cassava starch and cornflour. About 115g (1 cup) of cassava/tapioca starch + 60g (1/4 cup) cornflour. I've never actually tried it myself, but this is what's generally recommended. 👍

How to make pandebonos / gluten free cheese bread from scratch, step by step guide

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220C (428F).
  2. Crumble both cheeses together in a bowl and then add the flour, baking powder, butter (room temperature or softened in the microwave first) and egg.
  3. Mix with a spoon until the dough starts to come together, then carry on with your hands and knead the dough until you have a smooth, lump free ball. Note: The dough should feel a little sticky, but still very easy to handle without it sticking to your hands. If for any reason the dough is too dry – depending on what cheeses and flour blend you use, it can happen – add a bit of milk, one teaspoon at a time. If it’s too wet, add a little more flour.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 portions and shape them into balls. Note: you can also make them bigger but bear in mind that the bigger they are, the flatter they’ll probably turn out.
  5. Place your pandebono dough balls on a baking tray (lined with baking paper), cover with cling film and freeze for 15-20 minutes. This step is optional, but it will prevent your cheese breads from spreading too much and ending up flat.
  6. Meanwhile, pre-heat your oven to 220C (428F).
  7. Bake on the middle shelf for about 20 minutes, until they turn a nice golden colour.

Enjoy!

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