Ham Bread

Ham Bread
Recipe Info - Skill Level
Recipe Info - Serving Size
12 servings
Recipe Info - Prep Time
30 min
Recipe Info - Cook Time
40 min
Pan de Jamon is a traditional Venezuelan holiday dish. A simple but very impressive bread stuffed with ham, olives and raisins.


Step 1

Combine evaporated milk, butter, sugar and bouillon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.

Step 2

Combine water and dry yeast in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to activate yeast.

Step 3

Add flour to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Make well in the center of the flour and add yeast mixture, milk mixture and 1 beaten egg. Knead on low speed with dough hook attachment until dough is elastic and no longer sticky.

Step 4

Place dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm area for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Dough should double in size.

Step 5

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface; knead and roll out to a 15 x 12-inch rectangle.

Step 6

Spread ham and raisins evenly over rolled out dough, keeping a ½-inch dough border. Arrange a row of olives close to border and another row closer to the middle (this will ensure every slice has at least two pieces of olive).

Step 7

Roll dough up into a loaf. Place on baking sheet. Wet fingers with lukewarm water and spread on seam and sides, pinching sides shut and sealing the seam. Cover roll with plastic wrap and a towel and let rest for 1 hour.

Step 8

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Step 9

Brush top of loaf with remaining beaten egg; pierce loaf with fork. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Remove from oven; let cool for 15 minutes and serve.


Add a layer of pancetta or bacon for a variation of flavor. For a spicy kick, add pickled jalapeños.


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