Day of the Dead Bread
Day of the Dead Bread or "Pan de Muertos" is a delicious, light, sweet bread made to celebrate Day of the Dead or "Dia de los Muertos." This traditional bread has strips of bread on top representing "bones." A must make for this highly celebrated day in memory of our loved ones.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 8 makes 4 loaves
- 1 cup orange zested and juiced
- 1/2 cup sugar
RECIPE FOR ROUND LOAVES
- 5 Cups all purpose white flour sifted
- 2 packets active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 4 eggs beaten
- 1 Tsp salt
- 1 zest of one orange
In a saucepan over medium heat add milk, butter and water until butter melts.
Sift 5 cups of flour into a bowl (this helps in removing the clumps from flour). Set aside.
In a large bowl add one cup of the sifted flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Pour the milk mixture to the bowl of one cup of flour and mix well. Add zest of orange.
Add eggs one at a time mixing as you go with a spoon.
Keep mixing while you slowly add one cup at a time of flour.The dough will be sticky at first, continue until dough is smooth.
Allow Dough to Rise
Once dough comes well together, transfer dough to a lightly floured board and knead for 10 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl (spread bowl 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 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.
Now your dough is ready to form.
Forming Breads and Cooking
Remove from bowl and place back on a lightly floured board. Flatten dough with hands and cut into 4 pieces.
Shape 3 of the pieces into round buns.
Use the fourth bun to form "bones." Cut 7 strips from this bun (dough).
You can just place strips crisscrossed on top of buns 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. Refer to pictures.
Let rise for another 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350. Cook loaves for 30 to 40 minutes.Note: Could make a 4th loaf if you exclude making the strips and balls.
While loaves are baking, prepare orange glaze. Zest the second orange and juice orange.
Add juice, zest and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes until sugar dissolves.
When breads are done, glaze loaves with a brush.Time to enjoy this delicious bread!
Serving: 8g | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4mg