• Prep Time
    40 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    40 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 16
    OK

    Pan de Muerto

    Pan de Muerto is a sweet roll that is traditionally eaten at the gravesite or altar of beloved deceased family member. The “bones” on the bread represent the departed family member. Sometimes a tear drop is etched in the dough, which represents the goddess Chimalma's tears for the living. And no special equipment is required here, just steady hands and a good cookie sheet.


    Ingredients
    For the Dough
    5
    cups
    all-purpose flour
    1/2
    cup
    sugar
    2
    packets yeast
    1
    teaspoon
    salt
    1/2
    cup
    milk
    1/2
    cup
    butter
    1/2
    cup
    water
    4
    eggs
    For the Glaze
    1/2
    cup
    sugar
    1/3
    cup
    orange juice
    2
    tablespoons
    grated orange zest
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    For the dough: combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 packets of yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix these ingredients together and set aside.
    In a saucepan heat the milk, butter, and water on medium heat until the butter has melted.
    Pour the contents of the saucepan into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the 4 eggs and mix them in thoroughly.
    Keep mixing while you slowly add the rest of the flour. It's quite hard work once the dough thickens (unless you have an electric mixer), but you should keep adding flour until it's soft and just slightly sticky.
    Transfer the dough to a floured board and knead for 10 minutes until it is smooth and stretchy. Put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise and double in size.
    Shape the dough into a bun and layer strips of dough on top so that they resemble bones.
    Put the bread on a baking sheet and bake 20 to 40 minutes depending on the size of your dough shapes and the type of oven you have. Supervise bread closely to remove when crust is golden brown.
    While your loaves are baking, prepare the glaze: boil 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of orange juice, and 2 tablespoons of orange zest in a saucepan for two minutes, then let rest. Brush onto the bread while it is still warm.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 16
    OK

    Categories 

    ClassicFamily-friendly

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