Pan de Muerto
Altars are built and family and friends perform various rituals, including religious ceremonies and dances. Offerings are brought to the altars which include foods that the loved ones enjoyed while alive, sugar skulls, jewelry worn, drinks enjoyed as well as their photos. It is believed that the deceased or the spirits of loved ones come to celebrate with the living. It is truly a beautiful celebration.
Now lets talk about this delicious Day of the Dead Bread! First let me just say my friends, this bread is really easy to make so I don’t want any discouraging sighs to yourself or thoughts of, “maybe I should just check out one of her other recipes!” It is easy to make and only a few ingredients are needed. You know nothing is better than smelling the aroma of freshly baked bread….awwww so good! There’s just something about making your own fresh bread and Day of the Dead Bread is so much fun to make too! My son and I made three batches yesterday and just had a blast!
Day of the Dead Bread is a light and somewhat sweet bread. Normally this bread is made into several different shapes like skulls, bones and round loaves with strips of dough on top representing “bones.” Day of the Dead Bread is also decorated with sugars, sprinkles, colored sugars, food gels etc.
So let’s get to it my friends and please let me know what you think of my Day of the Dead Bread!
Recipe and steps below ↓
What the dough will look after kneading.
After dough has risen
Shape dough into buns and lay strips on top with ball in center. Let rise again for another 30 minutes before baking.
Can also shape dough into a skull
Day of the Dead Bread
|Serves||3 to 4 loaves|
|Allergy||Egg, Milk, Wheat|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
- 5 Cups all purpose white flour (sifted)
- 2 Packets yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 eggs (beaten)
- 1 Tsp salt
- 1 orange (zested)
- 1 cup orange (zested and juiced)
- 1/2 cup sugar
|Using a grater, grate orange peel and set orange zest aside. In a bowl using a strainer sift the 5 cups of flour (this helps in removing the clumps from flour). Then in another bowl add one cup of the sifted flour with the yeast, sugar and salt.|
|In a saucepan over medium heat add milk, butter and water until butter melts.|
Pour your milk mixture to cup of flour and mix well. Add eggs and zest of orange. Mix well with a spoon. Keep mixing while you slowly add the rest of the flour. Start mixing with hands. The dough will be sticky at first.
|Once dough comes well together, transfer dough to a floured board and knead for 10 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl (can with a little bit of oil or butter). Cover dough with plastic wrap and allow to rise double in size. Place dough in a warm area for at least an hour.|
|Now your dough is ready to form. Remove from bowl and place back on a lightly floured board. Flatten dough with hands and cut into 4 pieces. Shape 3 pieces into round buns. Cut 7 strips from last piece of dough. You can just place on top in the form of a cross or can roll dough between fingers to form "bones." Use the last strip to form 3 small balls and center on top of each bread. Let rise for another 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350. Cook loaves for 30 to 40 minutes.|
|While loaves are baking, prepare orange glaze. Zest the second orange and juice. Add juice, zest and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes. When breads are done, glaze with a brush.|
|You can also decorate your breads with colored sprinkles, sugar, icing, confectioners sugar etc.|