Monggo Loaf Bread loaded with soft, pillowy bread and a sweet mung bean filling makes a fabulous breakfast or midday snack. Enjoy a slice (or two) with coffee or tea.

monggo loaf bread in a baking loaf pan
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Monggo Loaf Bread

Hello everyone! It is me again, Sanna from Woman Scribbles. It’s been a while since my last post here on Kawaling Pinoy, and I am excited to be back with a special recipe you’ll surely love.

Baking bread is my absolute favorite activity. I just love the feeling of wrestling dough with my bare hands and watching it puff up proudly as it proofs. There is no sweeter scent than the aroma of freshly-baked bread in my book!


I haven’t done any baking this last month since my husband renovated our basement which happens to be the center of my baking projects but now that he’s finished with the work, I am ecstatic to jump back in. When Lalaine asked me to do a post this month, I straight away suggested monggo bread!

sliced monggo loaf bread on a plate

How to Make Monggo Loaf Bread

Mongo Loaf bread has two components, namely, the filling and the bread dough. Please don’t let the long series of steps intimidate you. Just refer to my tips and instructional photos, and you’ll have this scrumptious bread ready to enjoy in no time. Ready? Let’s get started. 🙂

adzuki beans soaking in water in a white bowl

Making the Monggo Filling

This bread loaf incorporates one of the popular dessert ingredients in the Philippines. Like ube, monggo features in many Filipino delicacies.

However, the type of mung bean commonly used is not the green variety we are more familiar with in our savory soups. The kind you see in your favorite sweets and baked goods is red mung beans.

Also known as adzuki beans, red mung beans are a smaller variety with shiny red skin. They’re abundant in East Asia and mainly cultivated in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. They’re also readily available in the Philippines and applied in many Filipino specialties such as buchi and hopia.

sweet mung bean filling in a white bowl

I like to pre-soak the beans to help them soften quickly, but you can skip this step this step if you prefer and just cook them longer.

You can make the filling a day before and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Make sure to take it out of the fridge about half an hour before you plan to assemble the loaf so it will be easier to spread.

  1. dough for monggo bread loaf on a wood board

    Making the Bread Dough

    The dough I used in this recipe is one of my favorites. It is beginner-friendly, foolproof, and requires one rise only. It bakes up soft and pillowy; the perfect canvas for the perfectly sweetened monggo filling!

    You can slice the loaf neatly with a knife or pull it apart with your hands for more fun. Either way, you will love it paired with coffee, tea or coke like a typical Filipino merienda.

    making dough for monggo bread loaf- adding liquid to dry ingredients

    In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Whisk to combine.

    In a microwave-safe bowl, combine, butter, milk, and water. Microwave until butter is melted and the temperature of the mixture is at 110-115 F. If it exceeds this, cool down to the right temperature. Too hot, and you will kill the yeast.

    making dough for monggo bread loaf-stirring in egg

    Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients until flour mixture is moistened.
    Add the egg and mix until incorporated.

    monggomixing bread dough in a red bowl

    Add just enough of the reserved flour and keep mixing just until the dough starts to gather in the center. You do not need to add the entire
    1/4 cup. Set the rest aside for kneading later.

    Turn the dough into a floured board and knead for 7-10 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel and let it rest for ten

    Kneading the Dough

    Kneading is a process of working with the dough to develop the gluten which will help hold its shape and give it texture. In a floured surface, use the heels of your palms and push the dough downwards and away from you.

    Use the weight of your lower torso as you push the dough. Once the dough has partially flattened out, fold it in itself and repeat the pushing/ flattening motion. Use a bit of flour to prevent the dough from sticking too much to the surface and your hands.

    kneading bread dough with hands on a floured wood board

    As you make progress, you will notice that the dough starts to stick less. It would turn from being shaggy and sticky to smooth and

    To test, pull out a small portion, spread it using your fingers into a square. The dough should stretch thinly and forms a
    translucent window in the center.

    spreading red bean filling on dough using spatula

    Assembling the Bread Loaf

    In a floured surface, roll the dough into a 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Slightly stretch the sides as necessary to make the edges somewhat straight. Spread the mongo filling over the surface. Use a spatula to even it out.

    rolling bread dough with layer of red bean filling into a log

    Starting on the* short side of the rectangle, roll the dough, tightening it up as you go, into a log. Do it carefully to keep filling from oozing out.

    cutting bread dough with mung bean filling into pieces

    Using a sharp knife, divide the log into four equal portions. Score the dough first before cutting so you get nice, even cuts. Place the cut logs side up in a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.

    placing bread dough with red mung bean filling in baking loaf pan

    Proofing and Baking the Bread Loaf

    Turn oven to 200 F and once the temperature is reached, turn off. Place the rolls inside, uncovered, and let rise for about 60 to 80 minutes or until puffy and doubled in size.

    Take the risen dough out of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the loaf for about 18 to 22 minutes or until nicely golden. Check halfway through bake time and loosely tent with a foil if it’s browning too quickly.

    monggo bread risen and doubled in baking loaf pan

    Whew, that was long! I hope you had as much fun following me through this tutorial as I had making it. Please do give this monggo bread loaf recipe a try. As a long time baker, I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to take that first delicious nashville filipino food bite of the bread you made yourself. Priceless.

    baked bread loaf with mung bean filling

    If you want more bread-making projects, check out my corned beef pandesal and yema bread rolls posts. Make sure to visit me on my blog, Woman Scribbles, for more baking recipes.

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    Monggo Bread Loaf
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    Monggo Loaf Bread loaded with soft, pillowy bread and a sweet mung bean filling makes a fabulous breakfast or midday snack! Enjoy a slice (or two) with coffee or tea.

    Course:Baked Goods
    Keyword:monggo loaf bread
    Servings: 12Servings
    Calories: 286kcal
    Author: Lalaine
    For Monggo Filling
    • 1 1/4cupred mung beans
    • 1cupsugar
    • water
    For the Bread Dough
    • 2 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
    • 3tablespoonssugar
    • 1teaspoonsalt
    • 2 1/4teaspoonsactive dry yeast
    • 3tablespoonsbutter
    • 1/2cupwater
    • 1/4cupmilk
    • 1large egg
    Monggo Filling
    1. Rinse the beans well. In a large bowl, place the beans in a bowl and enough water to cover for about 2 inches. Soak overnight.

    2. Drain the soaked beans and discard the water. Transfer beans in a medium

      saucepan and add enough water to cover for about 2 inches.

    3. Over medium heat, cook, occasionally stirring, for about 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

    4. Let softened beans cool to room temperature. Transfer the beans to a blender and just enough liquid to help process efficiently.

    5. Process into a thick puree with little chunks of skin.

    6. In a medium saucepan, combine pureed beans and sugar. Stir until incorporated. Over medium heat, cook the mixture, stirring constantly, to a thick paste. Remove from heat and set aside.

    Bread Dough
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Whisk until well-incorporated.

    2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, water, and milk. Microwave until butter is melted and the temperature of the mixture is between 110 to 115. If too hot, cool down to the right temperature before proceeding to the next step.

    3. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir the until moistened.

    4. Add the egg and mix briefly.

    5. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour in increments. Once the dough gathers into a rough ball and pulls from the sides of the bowl, stop adding flour. You probably won't need the entire 1/4 cup.

    6. Turn the dough over in a floured board. Using hands, knead for about 7 to 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

    7. In a bowl, place dough and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rest for ten minutes.

    Assembly and Baking
    1. On a flat surface, roll the dough into a 14x10 inch rectangle.

    2. Using an angled spatula, spread the red bean filling over the surface of the dough to an even layer.

    3. Starting on the shorter side of the rectangle, roll the dough into a log, tightening it as you go. Be careful to ensure filling does not ooze out.

    4. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 4 equal portions. Place them side up in a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.

    5. Heat oven to 200 F and turn off once it reaches the temperature. Place the loaf pan inside, uncovered, and let rise in the residual heat for about 60 to 80 minutes or until puffy and doubled in size.

    6. Take the loaf out of the oven and preheat oven to 350 F. Bake the bread for about 18 to 22 minutes or until the top is nicely golden.

    7. Check the loaf halfway through bake time. If browning too quickly, loosely tent with foil.

    8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing. Store leftovers in a covered container.

    Nutrition Facts
    Monggo Bread Loaf
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 286Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 4g6%
    Saturated Fat 2g10%
    Cholesterol 21mg7%
    Sodium 231mg10%
    Potassium 329mg9%
    Total Carbohydrates 54g18%
    Dietary Fiber 4g16%
    Sugars 21g
    Protein 9g18%
    Vitamin A2.8%
    Vitamin C1.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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