A good recipe for ensaymada or sweet Filipino buns calls for yeast, salt, water, flour, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk and butter. The buns are then topped with grated cheese, sugar and butter.
To make ensaymada buns, combine 2 teaspoons of instant yeast in 1/3 cup of lukewarm water. While the yeast dissolves and bubbles, combine 3 3/4 cups of sifted all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the yeast mixture, 1/3 cup of water, 3 large eggs and 1/4 cup of evaporated milk to the flour mixture, and combine on low and then medium speed for two and four minutes, respectively. Mix in 1/3 cup of softened unsalted butter until the dough begins to pull together, and then cover the dough with plastic.
After allowing the dough to rest and rise at room temperature for 15 minutes, punch it down, divide it into several roll-size pieces, and cover them for another 15 minutes. Roll each piece into a rectangular shape, and brush it liberally with butter before rolling it up and twirling it into a spiral shape. Place the rolls in a greased ensaymada pan, and allow the dough to rise for 90 minutes. Bake the ensaymadas at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 17 minutes. Brush butter over the rolls, and sprinkle them with sugar and grated cheddar cheese.