Often eaten as an afternoon snack with a coffee, pan de bono is Colombian cheese bread with a deliciously rich flavor. Here's how to make your own.
Once you've discovered how to make pan de bono - also known as pandebono - we guarantee it is one of those recipes you will keep coming back to because it is SO delicious and absolutely more-ish!
It is a Colombian cheese bread - although the origins of its name are not exactly clear. Its name translates to 'bonus bread', but some say it was named after an Italian baker's cries of "pane del buono" whenever he went out to sell it.
Another source suggests that it was named after the voucher - or bono - that sugar cane workers in the region would exchange for bread. Meanwhile a third theory says it was named after the area it was first made - Hacienda El Bono.
Traditionally enjoyed with a cup of coffee in the afternoon - or with hot chocolate as a tasty breakfast - it is usually eaten fresh from the oven while it is still warm, as the texture is at its very best.
It can be made into round or ring shapes and - in Colombia - is prepared with Colombian quesito. That may not be so easy for you to get hold of, which is why this recipe suggests a few good alternatives.
A gluten free treat
The wonderful thing about making pan de bono is that this recipe is naturally gluten free! So instead of having to make adjustments to suit a gluten free lifestyle, you can enjoy this recipe made the traditional way, with absolutely no tweaks at all!
Adding guava paste
This recipe is wonderful just as it is and needs no enhancement - but many people like to add guava paste. That sweet/salty combination is irresistible and certainly addds another dimension to the dish.
If you want to try it, just push a small piece of guava paste into the middle of each ball after you've rolled it, but before you bake it.