Dia de los Muertos – Pan de Muertos Recipe

Oct 30, 2020 | Feel Good Friday

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated from October 31 to November 2. Deeply rooted in Aztec and Toltec traditions, this holiday doesn’t consider death to be the end of one’s existence but simply another chapter of life. Three thousand years later, Día de los Muertos continues to be celebrated and observed globally. However you may be celebrating this weekend we wanted to share this Pan de Muertos recipe to promote some at-home fun. Enjoy!

Pan de Muertos Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 4 cups of flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Place 1 packet of yeast in a bowl
  • Infuse 2 tea bags into 1 cup of warm milk
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of flour – 3 teaspoons of warm milk into the yeast (allow this to sit until it puffs up)
  • In a large bowl mix: 3 eggs, 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of melted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Pour in the cup of tea infused milk (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract)
  • Mix in the puffed up yeast mixture into the flour mix
  • Kneed dough until it is smooth and separated cleanly from the bowl
  • Place in a warm area and allow it to sit until it doubles in size
  • Split the larger ball of dough into 6 separate smaller balls
  • Split off 1/3 of the ball, decorate the bread
  • Place dough in a plastic bag and allow to rise for 1 hour
  • Beat the left over egg and glaze the top of the bread before placing in the oven
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place breads to bake for 15 minutes
  • Coat the top with melted butter and sprinkle granulated sugar over the top
  • Enjoy!

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