The other night, the kids and I made our very own pan de sal (bread rolls) and told them that we will call it Pan de Valencia. The little ones giggled and proudly told their Dad as they took a bite of our homemade bread. I said We because they took part in the preparations. Our big kid helped with the mixing and kneading of the dough, while our toddler dusted her hands with flour and pat the dough pretending to knead it. I did the rest on my own (while big kid took the pictures) because we all wanted the bread to be ready for our midnight snack.
Our Pan de Valencia is a bit different from the usual pan de sal. I love eating this Filipino breakfast staple but I dislike the breadcrumbs that came with it. So, when I made our own bread, I skipped the crumbs. Armed with our willingness to wait for the rising of the dough and our craving for fresh, hot, homemade pan de sal, we pushed through with our late night baking.