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Pan Amasado (Chilean Kneaded Bread) in a basket with a blue towel.

Pan Amasado (Chilean Kneaded Bread)

A recipe for Pan Amasado (Chilean Kneaded Bread)! This well-kneaded bread is formed into discs, pierced on the tops with a fork, and baked until golden.
Course Bread
Cuisine Chilean
Keyword bread, Chile, Chilean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 Rolls


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 milliliters) lukewarm water 105-115˚F (40-46˚C)
  • 3 1/2 cups (440 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) lard, shortening, or unsalted butter melted


  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the lukewarm water. Stir briefly to combine, then let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Mix in the frothy yeast with water and lard/butter until dough comes together. If too crumbly, add a little more water. If too sticky, add just enough flour to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well soft, smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes (or 5-10 in the stand mixer). Transfer to a bowl, cover, and allow to rest at room temperature until doubled, 1-2 hours.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.
  • Divide the risen dough into 12 equal pieces.
  • Form each piece into a ball, flatten gently with your hand to create a disc about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick, and place on the prepared baking sheets about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) apart. Pierce the top of each disc 3-4 times with a fork.
  • Cover the baking sheets with a clean towel and allow to rest at room temperature until puffed slightly, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Bake the Pan Amasado in the preheated oven until golden, 25-30 minutes. Serve warm from the oven.